Alfred V. Fedak: Spring Bursts Today

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Alfred V. Fedak’s setting of Christina Rossetti’s “Spring Bursts Today” was commissioned for the inauguration of the Fisk Op. 139 pipe organ on Easter Day, 2012. One of America’s most widely-published composers of sacred music, Fedak is Minister of Music and Arts at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Albany, New York. His style combines the English pastoral modality of composers such as Vaughan Williams with the rhythmic vigor of contemporary American church music.

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Spring bursts today,
For Christ is risen and all the earth’s at play.
Flash forth, thou Sun,
The rain is over and gone, its work is done.
Winter is past.
Sweet Spring is come at last, is come at last.
Bud, Fig and Vine,
Bud, Olive, fat with fruit and oil and wine.
Break forth this morn
In roses, thou but yesterday a Thorn.
Uplift thy head,
O pure white Lily thro’ the Winter dead.
Beside your dams
Leap and rejoice, you merry-making Lambs.
All Herds and Flocks
Rejoice, all Beasts of thickets and of rocks.
Sing, Creatures, sing,
Angels and Men and Birds and everything.
All notes of Doves
Fill all our world: this is the time of loves.

Christina Rossetti (1830–1894)

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from Spring Bursts Today: A Celebration of Eastertide, released April 20, 2014

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