• Benjamin Britten
  • The World of the Spirit (1938)

  • Chester Music Ltd (World)
  • 2(2pic)222/4231/timp.perc/hp.org/str(14.12.10.8.6)
  • SATB
  • Alto, Baritone, Soprano, Tenor
  • 42 min

Programme Note

The first performance was broadcast on Whit Sunday, 1938. The plainsong 'Veni creator spiritus' (Vespers hymn for Whit Sunday) is used in the Prelude to Part I, nos 6a-c and 6f in Part II and as the conclusion to Part III. Britten made a further setting of Hopkins's 'The world is charged' as God's Grandeur in A.M.D.G. The extensive original spoken texts have been abridged by Donald Mitchell and the work may be performed with or without these.

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The World of the Spirit (arr. P. Hindmarsh): Part I: Prelude
The World of the Spirit (arr. P. Hindmarsh): Part I: The Comforter, the Holy Spirit (Speaker 1 and 2)
The World of the Spirit (arr. P. Hindmarsh): Part I: The Sun, the Moon, the Stars (Tenor, Chorus)
The World of the Spirit (arr. P. Hindmarsh): Part I: And, behold, the Lord passed by (Speaker 2)
The World of the Spirit (arr. P. Hindmarsh): Part II: Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty (Speaker 1)
The World of the Spirit (arr. P. Hindmarsh): Part II: The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace (Speaker 1 and 2, Alto, Tenor, Bass)
The World of the Spirit (arr. P. Hindmarsh): Part II: The fruit of the Spirit is love (Alto)
The World of the Spirit (arr. P. Hindmarsh): Part II: The fruit of the Spirit is faith (Bass)
The World of the Spirit (arr. P. Hindmarsh): Part II: The fruit of the Spirit is goodness, is meekness (Alto)
The World of the Spirit (arr. P. Hindmarsh): Part II: The Chief Rabbi Abraham Bloch (Speaker 2)
The World of the Spirit (arr. P. Hindmarsh): Part II: The fruit of the Spirit is long-suffering (Alto)
The World of the Spirit (arr. P. Hindmarsh): Part II: The fruit of the Spirit is joy (Alto, Tenor, Bass)
The World of the Spirit (arr. P. Hindmarsh): Part II: St Francis of Assisi (Speaker 1 and 2)
The World of the Spirit (arr. P. Hindmarsh): Part II: The Spirit of the Lord (Speaker 1 and 2)
The World of the Spirit (arr. P. Hindmarsh): Part III: Spirit to whom my spirit would reply (Speaker 1 and 2)
The World of the Spirit (arr. P. Hindmarsh): Part III: O knowing, glorious Spirit! (Soprano)
The World of the Spirit (arr. P. Hindmarsh): Part III: The world is charged (Soprano, Chorus)
The World of the Spirit (arr. P. Hindmarsh): Part III: God is a Spirit (Speaker 1)
The World of the Spirit (arr. P. Hindmarsh): Part III: Come, O Creator Spirit, Come (Chorus)

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