When Winds Breathe Soft

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When Winds Breathe Soft




This is one of the most substantial pieces in the glee repertoire. Words and music may all be Samuel Webbe's work, although he insisted that he came across the poem on a piece of paper used as wrapping for something he bought in a shop. Be that as it may, the musical setting is a vivid depiction of a gathering storm at sea, which rises to a tumultuous climax (listen out for the tenor and bass ascending scale, in unison, on the word "wrath"!) and is then calmed by the voice of the Lord - a rare appearance of the Lord in a glee, this - before the piece closes with a jolly sailor's dance in 6/8 time.



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