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December 22

In the Bleak Midwinter

Performed by Mark Gionfriddo on piano

Words: Christina Rossetti, circa 1872
Music: Harlod Darke, 1921

For today's selection, Mark Gionfriddo performs Harold Darke's setting of "In the Bleak Midwinter". He recorded on an Akai MPK 88 keyboard controller using Steinway and string ensemble samples from Logic Studio.


In the bleak mid-winter
Frosty wind made moan,
Earth stood hard as iron,
Water like a stone;
Snow had fallen, snow on snow,
Snow on snow,
In the bleak mid-winter,
Long ago.

Our God, heaven cannot hold Him,
Nor earth sustain;
Heaven and earth shall flee away
When He comes to reign:
In the bleak mid-winter
A stable-place sufficed
The Lord God incarnate,
Jesus Christ.

Angels and archangels
May have gathered there,
Cherubim and seraphim
Thronged the air;
But His mother only,
In her maiden bliss,
Worshipped the beloved
With a kiss.

What can I give Him,
Poor as I am?
If I were a shepherd,
I would bring a lamb;
If I were a wise man,
I would do my part;
Yet what can I give Him:
Give my heart.

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