Item #38884 Blest Pair of Sirens (at a Solemn Music). Ode by Milton set to music for eight-part chorus and orchestra ... Full score. Price seven shillings and sixpence. Sir Charles Hubert H. PARRY.

Blest Pair of Sirens (at a Solemn Music). Ode by Milton set to music for eight-part chorus and orchestra ... Full score. Price seven shillings and sixpence

London & New York: Novello, Ewer and Co. [PN 9264], [1892].

Large folio. Dark brown cloth-backed gray printed boards. 1f. (recto title, verso blank), 40 pp. Engraved. Publisher's catalogue of "Vocal Albums" to verso of lower board.

With occasional performance annotations in lead and blue pencil and signature of B. Harwood to upper board in ink, in all likelihood British composer and organist Basil Harwood (1859-1949).

Boards worn, rubbed, bumped, and slightly abraided; free endpapers browned. Minor internal wear; blank outer corner of final leaf lacking.

First Edition.

Blest Pair of Sirens was first performed in London on 17 May 1887.

"Parry enjoyed his first taste of national acclaim with the ode Blest Pair of Sirens, written for and dedicated to Stanford and the Bach Choir. Its success brought mixed blessings: his reputation as a composer rapidly became established, but the demands brought by commissions from provincial festivals signalled a shift from symphonic to choral music, a change of direction much lamented by Bernard Shaw. ... In Blest Pair of Sirens his earlier Wagnerian enthusiasms are more completely digested (as in the paraphrase of Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg in the introduction) within a muscular language of greater diatonic dissonance, a stylistic attribute linking him with his English predecessors such as Stainer, S.S. Wesley, Ouseley and Walmisley. ...

Combining [his activities as composer, scholar, and teacher] with a forceful personality and social position, [Parry] exercised a revitalizing influence on English musical life at a time in the 19th century when standards of composition, performance, criticism and education were low." Jeremy Dibble in Grove Music Online.

Item #38884

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