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Sumer Is Icumen is one of the oldest written down melodies in the English language and originally was an Easter carol (Yes, there are carols for Easter, Lent, summer, harvest as well as Christmas). The original manuscript, now in the British museum, was transcribed by a Benedictine monk in 1226. The Easter words have long been forgotten, and the tune is now forever associated with summer. It is an ingenious bit of writing with an unmistakably English quality to it. Benjamin Britten incorporated it into the finale of his Spring Symphony where it makes a stunning conclusion to the work.

Artistic Director

Barbara Wagner

Venues

Unitarian-Universalist Church and Trinity Episcopal Church

Collection

The Madeline Davis GLBT Archives of Western New York

Publication Date

6-2002

City

Buffalo, NY

Keywords

BGMC, Buffalo Gay Men's Chorus, Program

Sounds of Summer

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Sounds of Summer