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Erschienen ist der herrlich' Tag

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Uploaded by: robcamfield (10/28/23)
Composer: Ethel Smyth
Sample Producer: Llanerch Organs
Sample Set: Blackburn Cathedral
Software: Hauptwerk VII
Genre: Romantic
At 13:14 on the YouTube video - Marked '8ft. sempre forte' and with 4ft. Trumpet in the pedal, this glorious setting of the 16th century Easter chorale requires (I think) a resounding sound that fills the building with its triumphant message. The counterpoint is beautifully woven and the three part writing for the hands contains some hidden entries of the chorale's opening fanfare (last beat bar 9 and closing two bars). In David Patrick's edition, there is an alternative transposed version (from F# to E) for organs with no top F#. He also replaces the pedal C clef with an F clef. This recording uses the E major version.

A translation of the first stanza:

The glorious day has appeared,
over which no one can rejoice enough:
Christ our Lord triumphs today,
He leads all his enemies captive.

Dedicated to 'my friend Sir Walter Parratt M.V.O.' this is the 4th of 5 short chorales which should be better known than they are. I feel they rank against the set by Jeanne Demessieux.
Performance: Live
Recorded in: Stereo
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