In the Bleak Midwinter

In the Bleak Midwinter (arr. June 2012) is an arrangement for solo vocalist and orchestra which highlights a stark, monochromatic background featuring static bass pedal tones and chromatic harmonizations that paint the lonely, isolated quality of the lyrical poem by Christina Rossetti, set to music by Gustav Holst.  The slow moving quality of the tempo and chords in the key of D minor suggest an almost Irish quality in this arrangement that a singer can soar over with the orchestra subtly and quietly progress through a desolate field of serene, quiet and tender billowing strains of long String lines and calm breezes of muted colors and timbres.