GEORGE DYSON (1883-1964)
   
premiere recording
 Nebuchadnezzar 47:48  
1 I Crotchet=54. 'Nebuchadnezzar the king made an image of gold' - 12:28
  Crotchet=about 60. The Herald. 'To you it is commanded' -  
  Chorus: 'Therefore at that time…'  
2 II Rhythmic, but not too fast. Chorus 'Wherefore at that time certain Chaldeans came near' - 10:58
  Slow. Chorus: 'Then Nebuchadezzar in his rage and fury…'-  
  Expressive. Nebuchadnezzar: 'Is it of purpose, O Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego' -  
  Calm. Chorus: 'O Nebuchadnezzar, we have no need to answer thee in this matter'  
3 III Restless. Chorus: 'Then was Nebuchadnezzar full of fury' - 10:58
  Slow - Faster. Chorus: 'Therefore because the king's commandment was urgent' -  
  Vigorous. Chorus: 'And the king's servants, that put them in' -  
  Very broadly. Chorus: 'But the anger of the Lord came down…' -  
  Serene, but not too slow. Chorus: 'Blessed art thou, O Lord' -  
  Largamente - Quick. Chorus: 'Then Nebuchadnezzar the king was astonied' -  
  Slower. Nebuchadnezzar: '…and they have no hurt' -  
  Very subdued. Chorus: 'Then Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, came forth…' -  
  Solemn. Nebuchadnezzar: 'Blessed be the God who hath sent his angel' -  
  Deliberate. Nebuchadnezzar: 'Therefore I make a decree' -  
4 IV Quiet and devotional. Solo Bass: 'O all ye works of the Lord, bless ye the Lord' - 6:44
  In strict time. Chorus: 'O let the earth bless the Lord' -  
  Broad and sustained. Chorus: 'O ye children of men, bless ye the Lord'  
 Mark Padmore tenor
 Neal Davies bass-baritone
premiere recording
 Woodland Suite 7:22  
  for strings and wind  
  (flute, oboe, clarinet and bassoon ad libitum)  
5 1 At Evening Bell. Tranquillo 2:23
6 2 Silken Sails. Allegretto 1:19
7 3 Moon-Fairy. Andante 2:08
8 4 Elfin Market. Allegro 1:31
9  O Praise God in His Holiness (Psalm 150) 2:12
  for chorus and orchestra  
  Vigorous - Firmly - Very broadly - Molto sostenuto  
  premiere recording of orchestral version  
 Three Songs of Praise 9:54  
  for accompanied chorus  
  (string orchestra, with two timpani, two trumpets and three trombones ad libitum)  
10 Praise. Vigorous 2:00
11 Lauds. Calm and sustained 4:27
12 A Poet's Hymn. Broadly 3:26
13  Confortare (Be Strong and of a good courage) 1:37
  for chorus and orchestra  
  Maestoso - Allargando al fine  
 Richard Hickox
  18 and 19 November 2006