Hilary Tann - Paradise
Paradise by Hilary Tann was commissioned for Tenebrae with support from the Holst Foundation and Welsh Music Guild on the occasion of the 75th Anniversary of The Gregynog Festival.
The composer writes:
George Herbert’s beautiful poem, “Paradise”, has long appealed to readers both for its sentiment and for its successively “pruned” end-rhymes. One of the root meanings of the word “paradise” is “walled garden.” The straightforward (though “growing”) setting of Herbert’s poem is framed by phrases in Vulgate Latin that are gradually “pruned” to a bell-like echoing figure.