Duration: 2'00" |
Ensemble: SSATBB unaccompanied
Antiphon is one of three settings of George Herbert written in May 2020, intended to form a group of four with Virtue (Sweet Day), written in 2014. This poem is much the most familiar of the four, being found in most hymn books, and in settings by other composers. Here the refrain is in the style of a fanfare, and it continues as a background to the similarly energetic verses, except for the section 'But above all, the heart Must play the longest part': this is hushed to start with and more lyrical, until the fanfare refrain returns to end the piece.