Geoffrey Burgon wrote two episodes of Dr. Who, Terror of the Zygons and Seeds of Doom. To join in on this wonderful celebration we will post some clips with the original music for you to enjoy. Happy Dr. Who to you.
Geoffrey Burgon (1941-2010): The Assumption, Come my swete, come my flower
By markfromireland | August 11, 2012 | 0 Comments | Filed under: Choral Music
Geoffrey Burgon 150×132 Captioned Just a short posting today about a piece by one of my favourite modern English composers, Geoffrey Burgon. (If you’re new to Burgon’s music you’ll find all my postings on music here: Geoffrey Burgon | Saturday Chorale). Burgon composed The Assumption in 2001 it’s a deceptively simple piece of music in which each of the eminently singable four voice lines combine to produce a piece of music that greatly exceeds the sum of its parts. As well as being a lovely piece of music it shows Burgon’s abiding interest in and affinity with early English texts. Pre-reformation England was famous for its devotion to the Virgin Mary. This devotion was notable from the earliest times and long predated even Abbot Ælfric of Eynsham’s sermons and the Blickling Homilies. The text ‘Come my swete, come my flower’ is early medieval and consists of a dialogue between Christ and his mother in which Christ calls her up to heaven and she responds with eagerness and love. It’s a charming setting of a charming text sung beautifully by the Wells Cathedral Choir conducted by Matthew Owens. Enjoy .
Text: The Assumption Come my swete, come my flower
Come my swete, come my flower,
Come my culver, mine own bower,
Come my mother now with me,
For Heaven-queen I make thee.
My swete Son, with all my love
I come with thee to thyn above;
Where thou art now let me be,
For all my love is laid on thee.
Come my swete, come my flower …
Yesterday marked the third year since Geoffrey Burgon passed away. He is missed by all who have known him and who know his music.
We have enjoyed sending choirs Geoffrey’s Choral works and for those who are waiting for theirs, we are preparing the last requests and will have them to you very soon.
We are sending out packages with a small cross-section of Geoffrey Burgon’s Choral Works to Choirs, compliments of Chester Music and The Geoffrey Burgon Will Trust. Each pack will contain complimentary scores and recordings of the following works:
1. Nunc Dimittis
2. Te Deum
3. The Assumption
4. Love me Brought ( sound bite on earlier post )
5. Ave Verum
6. The complete album of Geoffrey Burgon, The Fall of Lucifer and other works.
We will be doing this until Sept 21st, 2013. If you wish to have a package for your choir please contact Jacqueline on 07500600133.
Happy Birthday Geoffrey.
Love from your family, friends and fans.
The Prom presents Dr Who scores and excerpts from Geoffrey’s incidental music for
Dr. Who series: “Terror of the Zygons”and “Seeds of Doom”.
On iPlayer now for the next six days.
Music: Love Me Brought by Geoffrey Burgon
Performed by the Novello Choir. Published by Chester Novello CH78188. Recording used here by kind permission of Music Sales Ltd.
Love me Brought was played in Reflections for Advent, December the 12th by the
Church of England.
Philip Dukes and Josephine Knight
The first time I met Philip Dukes and Josephine Knight was at Josephine’s wedding. It was a memorable day because everyone was quite joyous with youth and hope.
None of us were to know that these two talented and accomplished musicians would in the future, both commission Geoffrey Burgon with these two exciting Concertos. That both of these Concerto’s would come together into what was ultimately Geoffrey’s last recording is strangely remarkable.
Here is an excerpt of the Viola Concerto featuring Philip Dukes powerful performance. This is our Album of the Month.
It is two years today that Mr Burgon passed away.
He is greatly missed by his family, friends, work colleagues and fans.
Hello We would like to thank everyone who has expressed interest in the blog about Geoffrey’s extraordinary career as one of Englands best composers of the 20th century.
We have been hard at work bringing the blog up to date, and will be posting more regular updates on Geoffrey’s works over the years. Please check back, as we have lots of unheard pieces of music that will be very interesting for anyone to hear, with images that we would also like to share with you from his career/personal life.
In the meantime, here is a photo taken from France that brings a smile to our faces with his son, Daniel:
Thanks and please check back for more updates in the near future!