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Cradle Song

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Uploaded by: Agnus_Dei (12/27/18)
Composer: Sumsion, Hebert
Sample Producer: Lavender Audio
Sample Set: Hereford Cathedral Willis Organ
Software: Hauptwerk IV
Genre: Mid-20th century
Herbert Whitton Sumsion CBE (14 January 1899 – 11 August 1995) was an English musician who was organist of Gloucester Cathedral from 1928 to 1967. Through his leadership role with the Three Choirs Festival, Sumsion maintained close associations with major figures in England's 20th-century musical renaissance, including Edward Elgar, Herbert Howells, Gerald Finzi, and Ralph Vaughan Williams. Although Sumsion is known primarily as a cathedral musician, his professional career spanned more than 60 years and encompassed composing, conducting, performing, accompanying, and teaching. His compositions include works for choir and organ, as well as lesser-known chamber and orchestral works.

Sumsion was a key figure in the world of English cathedral music in the 20th century. Rather than try to "pick apart" his interesting and important career, I will refer you to the full information:

Sumsion's compositional style reflects the influence of his more famous contemporaries Howells, Finzi, and Vaughan Williams, while at the same time retaining something of the ‘diatonic strength’ of Edwardian composers like Parry and Brewer. Despite these influences, Sumsion's music speaks in a fresh and distinctive voice that is appealing to both performers and listeners. His harmonic language is sturdy and conventional, yet often tinged with modality, and his melodic style is fluid and elegant.

"Cradle Song" was published by Oecumuse in 1985. Oecumuse is no longer in business, but I believe that ALL of Sumsion's organ works have recently been published by the RSCM, so, I think it best that I do not upload the score. Please contact me directly if you are interested in it.


Several photos of Herbert Sumsion & some of Gloucester Cathedral are attached below.

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Recorded in: Stereo
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