Ralph Vaughan Williams – 'Five Mystical Songs' for baritone, string quartet, piano and double bass: Easter (Martin Oxenham: baritone)

Ralph Vaughan Williams (n. en 1872 - f. en 1958) fue un compositor británico de gran popularidad en su país, donde es considerado una gloria nacional. La divulgación de su obra en otros países ha llegado principalmente gracias a la industria discográfica. Five Mystical Songs, compuesto entre 1906 y 1911 pone musica a cuatro poemas del poeta inglés y pastor anglicano George Herbert

Easter - from Herbert's Easter

Rise heart; thy Lord is risen.
Sing his praise without delayes,
Who takes thee by the hand,
that thou likewise with him may'st rise;
That, as his death calcined thee to dust,
His life may make thee gold, and much more, just.

Awake, my lute, and struggle for thy part with all thy art.
The crosse taught all wood to resound his name, who bore the same.
His stretched sinews taught all strings, what key
Is the best to celebrate this most high day.

Consort both heart and lute, and twist a song pleasant and long;
Or since all musick is but three parts vied and multiplied.
O let thy blessed Spirit bear a part,
And make up our defects with his sweet art.

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