. A setting by Ernest MacMillan
for soprano, baritone, eight-part chorus, and orchestra of Swinburne's ode 'England'. Composed 1917-18 in a German prison camp, England
was accepted by Oxford University as MacMillan's exercise for a D MUS, awarded in 1918 in absentia. MacMillan's largest work (approximately 40 minutes), it was published in 1920 by Novello and first performed 17 Mar 1921 by the Sheffield Musical Union under Sir Henry Coward. Its Canadian premiere followed 12 Apr 1921 with the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir
, led by H.A. Fricker
, and the Philadelphia Orchestra. Excerpts were performed 2 Mar 1964 at the opening of the Edward Johnson Building, University of Toronto
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