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In the Bleak Midwinter


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This poem, by Christina Rossetti (1830-1894), was published posthumously in a collection, though the poem itself was dated 1872.
The song "In the Bleak Midwinter" gained popularity when it was paired in "The English Hymnal" with Gustav Holst's composition "Cranham," written for the verse specifically.

In this arrangement, only the first and fourth verses are sung, but verses 2 and 3 have been included as well for reading during the interlude.

Arrangement, piano, vocals: Mystified
Orchestral interlude: Tom Atwood

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Lyrics
In the Bleak Midwinter
by Christina Georgina Rossetti

In the bleak midwinter, frosty wind made moan,
Earth stood hard as iron, water like a stone.
Snow had fallen, snow on snow, snow on snow,
In the bleak midwinter, long, long ago.

God, heaven cannot hold Him, nor the earth sustain;
Heaven and earth shall flee away when He comes to reign.
In the bleak midwinter a stable place sufficed;
The Lord God almighty, Jesus Christ.

Angels and archangels may have gathered there,
Cherubim and seraphim thronged the air.
But His mother only, in her maiden bliss,
Worshipped the beloved with a kiss.

What can I give Him, poor as I am?
If I were a shepherd, I would bring a lamb.
If I were a wise man, I would do my part.
Yet what can I give Him: give my heart.
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Uploaded: Nov 03, 2005 - 05:36:47 AM
Last Updated: Nov 30, 2005 - 11:08:32 AM Last Played: Jan 08, 2018 - 12:18:04 PM
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Comments
said 4584 days ago (November 3rd, 2005)
Beautiful
Wonderful performances and arrangement. Excellent song selection.
Noel Project said 4584 days ago (November 3rd, 2005)
Beautiful
Thank you, Mungo.
We're glad you have taken the time to leave a comment here, and that you have
enjoyed this piece.

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MidiOrleans said 4584 days ago (November 3rd, 2005)
Pure
Pure with delight!
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MidiOrleans said 4584 days ago (November 3rd, 2005)
Pure
Pure with delight!
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MidiOrleans said 4584 days ago (November 3rd, 2005)
Pure
Pure with delight!
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Noel Project said 4584 days ago (November 3rd, 2005)
Pure
Thanks for stopping by and listening, Scotty.
In this song, a different vocal approach was taken, keeping the main voice light
and somewhat breathy...pure and uncluttered. So, it's nice you heard that in this
arrangement.
Thanks again for your comments.

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cjhoose said 4584 days ago (November 3rd, 2005)
Mysti, Atwood, Rossetti
Wow, I've always liked Rossetti's style but never knew she wrote this.
Makes sense though, I love this song :D

Mysti, your style is unmistakeable ...

Instant download and on to Christmas playlist.
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Noel Project said 4584 days ago (November 3rd, 2005)
Mysti, Atwood, Rossetti
Thank you, cjhoose, for your comments!
The Noel Project was surprised to find out that the musical setting to this was
composed by Gustav Holst.
...And there will be another song arranged by the Noel Project set to Christina
Rossetti's verse posted soon, so keep an eye out for that.
Thanks again!
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Tom Atwood said 4584 days ago (November 3rd, 2005)
Mysti, Atwood, Rossetti
Not everyone in the Project was surprised to learn this was a Holst piece.
Some low level staffers - a maintenance worker, I think -- knew it was Holst.
Someone who brings tea to Mysti in the sunroom after she does her
vocaleses.
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Mystified said 4584 days ago (November 3rd, 2005)
Sunroom?
....sunroom? What sunroom!? Where?
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elfdaughter said 4584 days ago (November 3rd, 2005)
One of my favourites...
This is a beautiful version! But Please, please, please sing the rest? *pleads*
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Noel Project said 4584 days ago (November 3rd, 2005)
One of my favourites...
Thank you for the comments, elfdaughter.
Yes...in the interest of keeping the piece to a certain time, verses were cut out. But who knows...maybe it can be revisited and extended to include those in the future?

Thanks, again.
Check out my latest song called Finale (Silent Night)
Tom Atwood said 4584 days ago (November 3rd, 2005)
Ultimate Mystified
These winterish pieces suit you, Cat. Your arrangement of this bleak
carol is excellent, especially the space you left for me in the middle!
Seriously, though, this is a beautiful piece, with lovely "mystified'
vocals floating like snowflakes swirling in the place where snowflakes
swirl, that windy area, cold and cluttered with flakes, each one different
from the other. Amazing, isn't it? Where am I? Last one out lock the
Project door. Keep an eye on mando and Rebsie.
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Mystified said 4583 days ago (November 4th, 2005)
Ultimate Mystified
Thanks for your musings on snowflakes, Tom.
I'm glad to see someone else can look at things from every angle and still seem
sane about it...?
But, seriously....When I offerred to do the arrangement of this song, I'd no idea it
would end up so...New Age-y. But I guess that's where this little snowflake
always ends up :P
I'm glad you liked the arrangement, and once again, I'm honored to work on
these songs with you.
(And the way you filled in the space in the middle section, there, is perfect, by
the way!)
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TobinMueller said 4584 days ago (November 3rd, 2005)
Give Him your song
This hymn-like setting is richly warm and sweet. Wonderful job all
around. M's lead vocals may be a tad too loud and up front (and,
perhaps, over-compressed) for the sweetness of the tune, I'd like it more
transparent, part of the landscape. Reminds me of the wonderful CDs of
Celtic Women. My favorite Bleak Midwinter setting is Benjamin Britten's
Bleak Mid-Winter section from his A Boy Is Born cycle, ever hear it? I think
he was 18 or 21 or something when he wrote it, astounding. Great
addition to your Noel Project works.
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Mystified said 4583 days ago (November 4th, 2005)
Give Him your song
Thank you for listening and leaving a comment here, Tobin.
While there is no compression set on the main vocals, what you may be hearing
is that there is less reverb in them than the overall track? Thanks, too, for your
observations on the mix--it's always nice to get that feedback.

I've not heard that particular Britten piece, though I did participate in Britten's
Ceremony of Carols in a community choir for a couple of years some time ago
now. Fun and challenging!

On behalf of the Noel Project, thanks again for listening to the songs and leaving
your comments!
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stevel said 4584 days ago (November 3rd, 2005)
Ooh this lovely
I was lucky enough to have a sneak preview of this one, and thought
then, as I do know, that it is a very beautiful interpretation.. I am going
to have to get all these Noel Project tracks downloaded and onto a CD
in time for Christmas morning!
Steve
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Noel Project said 4583 days ago (November 4th, 2005)
Ooh this lovely
Thanks, stevel
That was the point of creating this music and posting it here to MJ's. Besides
the CDs we would make to give to family/friends, we wanted to allow the MJ
community to compile their own CDs from what we post under the Noel
Project.
Glad you are enjoying the songs; makes it very worthwhile!

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I. Spike said 4584 days ago (November 3rd, 2005)
More beauty...
You two... Just lovely. Myst, I love your voice and the way you treat the
piece. Gentle, sweet and sincere... Tom, your harmonic instincts always
seem to resonate very beautifully. Excellent piece.

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Noel Project said 4583 days ago (November 4th, 2005)
More beauty...
Thank you very much, Mr. I.Spike.
It's nice to know that you so enjoy the music enough to take the time to leave
a comment here...and follow us around...and leave more comments! ;)
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Tadashi Togawa said 4583 days ago (November 4th, 2005)
Pure night
A lot of beauty was presented by you in this winter.
Quiet, holy night.
Music delivered to the world.
These are beautiful projects.

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Noel Project said 4583 days ago (November 4th, 2005)
Pure night
Thank you very much, Tadashi.
Your poetry is beautiful
And your words are accepted
With a grateful heart.

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Epileptic Gibbon said 4581 days ago (November 6th, 2005)
Hope
Another one I got to hear in advance & I loved it then as I love it
now. It's one of my favourite Christmas pieces and you do a great
job with it here. And keeping with the Cheltenham theme of the
weekend, Gustav Holst was born and lived there for many years.
And people just think that MacJams is slapped together randomly!
This is now on one of my Christmas iTunes playlists and fanned
too. Thank you Noel Project, whoever you are!
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Noel Project said 4581 days ago (November 6th, 2005)
Hope
Whoever-We-Are thank you most sincerely, Epi, for leaving your comments here.
We're also very glad to provide more music for your iTunes playlist--and
hopefully there will be a few more to add to that before the holiday season really
gets into full swing!

Thanks, again!
Check out my latest song called Finale (Silent Night)
jgurner said 4580 days ago (November 7th, 2005)
Delicate and beautiful as a snowflake
Nicely done you two.
cappuccino089 said 4577 days ago (November 10th, 2005)
in the blaek midwinter...
this song are we singing at the choir. its so lovely!!!!
you can see the winter really if you listen at this...
cappuccino089 said 4577 days ago (November 10th, 2005)
in the blaek midwinter...
this song are we singing at the choir. its so lovely!!!!
you can see the winter really if you listen at this...
John Stebbe said 4562 days ago (November 25th, 2005)
A sensitive performance
I really like the piano part -- is that the stock GB piano? Or maybe the
JP4 piano? Whatever it is, you make it sound good.

The singing is sweet and beautiful. The arrangement nicely features
the vocal.

I like all the orchestral instrument toward the middle. The clarinet is
especially effective.

Powerful lyrics. Some people nowadays may prefer to say "Season's
Greetings" or "Happy Holidays," but this beautiful hymn reminds us
that Christmas is truly about the coming of Christ into the world.
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Mystified said 4542 days ago (December 15th, 2005)
A sensitive performance
Thank you, John, for such kind words.
The piano is GarageBand with a JamPack 4 setting of the "Steinway." I find it has
the nicest tone for piano in the GB instruments.

Thanks goes to Tom for adding that instrumental and clarinet in the middle.
It was a very fulfilling collaboration to do. :)
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susanw said 4545 days ago (December 12th, 2005)
Gorgeous
I have to second every good thing already said here. Wow, what a voice and what beautiful instrumentals. Absolutely lovely.
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Noel Project said 4532 days ago (December 25th, 2005)
It's Christmas...
This morning, Mystified and the other hired hands at the Noel Project
are still fast asleep, visions of sugar plums dancing in their heads,
while I? What am I doing? Already planning for next year's season.
Work, work, work. Well, if I don't it, who will?

Merry Christmas!
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Scott Carmichael said 3984 days ago (June 26th, 2007)
Listening on the MJ player
this came up and i always loved the song... it is such a great rendition... just had to stop by and say thanx for goving me christmas in June... 182 shopping days left

peace
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Carrie71 said 2727 days ago (December 4th, 2010)
Holy Crap
This is amazing. Your voice is incredible. Piano is brilliant. Actually the whole piece is great. But your voice is OMG gorgeous.
SmokeyVW said 2727 days ago (December 4th, 2010)
peaceful
this feels so peaceful - i really like the arrangement

thank you
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