Visions of Sorrow and Joy

for SATB choir, children's choir, soloists and orchestra

Brian Inglis

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for SATB choir, children’s choir, soloists and orchestra

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Composer Brian Inglis
Year of Composition 1998
Duration ca.40'
ISMN 9790570680849
Categories (all composers) , , ,
Catalogue ID ce-bi1vosaj1


This piece combines two of my most important sources of inspiration from the beginning of my compositional career in the 1990s: the poetry of the First World War and the works of the medieval mystic Hildegard of Bingen. My starting point for this particular work was a desire to evoke Hildegard’s vision of celestial music-making from her visionary book Scivias :

Then I saw the lucent sky, in which I heard different kinds of music, marvellously

embodying all the meanings I had heard before. I heard the praises of the joyous citizens of

Heaven … and laments calling people back to those praises and joys; and the exhortations of

the virtues, spurring one another on to secure the salvation of the people ensnared by the


This work is discussed in a paper published by Middlesex University. Click here to read more here.

Recorded 13/12/1999, Bath Abbey: London Gala Orchestra/Matthew Bale

Recorded 13/12/1999, Bath Abbey: Bath Choral Society/Matthew Bale