Parry, Sir Hubert (1848-1918)

Sir Hubert Parry

born: 27 February 1848
died: 7 October 1918
country: United Kingdom

Sir C Hubert H Parry (1848–1918) was one of the most important figures in late nineteenth-century English music. Parry’s role as a teacher and a writer was crucial; both he and Stanford were able to revitalize English music at a time when standards were low. Parry obtained his Batchelor of Music degree whilst still at Eton, and, before he went up to Exeter College Oxford, one of his morning services had already been sung at Magdalen College. He earned fame at school as a baritone and spent much of his time at Oxford playing sport. He had time to found the Oxford University Musical Club with C Harford Lloyd and studied privately with Sterndale Bennett and G A Macfarren. He also sampled the flavour of Continental music, studying with the Englishman Henry Hugo Pierson in Stuttgart. After Oxford he worked for Lloyd’s Shipping, but continued his musical studies with Dannreuther, who brought his work to the fore in 1880 when he played his Piano Concerto at the Crystal Palace.

Parry was appointed to the staff of the Royal College of Music in 1883 when it opened, succeeding Grove as its director the following year. In 1900 he succeeded Stainer as professor of music at Oxford. Parry made many contributions to musical literature as a scholar (especially in his later years), including his important work on Bach. Although Parry played the organ as a youth and wrote some important pieces for the instrument, the life of the cathedral musician never attracted him. He composed much church music which was quickly absorbed into the repertoires of the choral foundations.

from notes by William McVicker 2005

Albums

Parry & Stanford: Nonets
CDA66291Archive Service
Parry & Stanford: Piano Concertos
CDA66820
Parry: Job
CDA67025Archive Service
Parry: Sacred Choral Music
CDA66273Download currently discounted
Parry: Songs
CDA67044
Parry: Songs of Farewell
Studio Master: SIGCD267Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
Parry: Violin Sonatas
CDH55266Helios (Hyperion's budget label) — Last few CD copies remaining
A Choral Christmas
Studio Master: SIGCD257Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
A Song of Farewell
Studio Master: SIGCD281Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
Adeste fideles
CDA66668
All in the April Evening
CDH55243Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
English Orchestral Songs
CDA67065Archive Service
On this Island
CDA67227Archive Service
Praise to the Lord
CDH55036Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
Psalms from St Paul's, Vol. 7 79-92
CDP11007Archive Service; also available on CDS44101/12Download currently discounted
Rejoice, the Lord is king!
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Remembrance
CDA67398
Service high and anthems clear
CDH88006Helios (Hyperion's budget label) — Archive ServiceDownload currently discounted
Shakespeare's Kingdom
CDA66136Archive Service
Songs to Shakespeare
CDA66480Archive Service
Stanford & Parry: Nonets
CDA66291Archive Service
Stanford & Parry: Piano Concertos
CDA66820
The English Anthem, Vol. 3
CDA66618Archive Service
The English Anthem, Vol. 4
CDA66678Archive Service
The English Anthem, Vol. 5
CDA66758Archive Service
The English Anthem, Vol. 6
CDA66826Archive Service
The English Anthem, Vol. 7
CDA67087
The English Anthem, Vol. 8
CDA67483
The English Hymn, Vol. 2 – Jerusalem the Golden
CDP12102
The English Hymn, Vol. 4 – All things bright and beautiful
CDP12104
The Music of St Paul's Cathedral
SPCC2000Super-budget price sampler
The Psalms of David
CDS44101/1212CDs Boxed set (at a special price)
Victorian Concert Overtures
CDH55088Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
A Treasury of English Song
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Complete works available for download

Armida's gardenLynne Dawson (soprano), Malcolm Martineau (piano)
Crossing the bar 'Sunset and evening star'St Paul's Cathedral Choir, John Scott (conductor)
Evening Service in D major 'The Great'St George's Chapel Choir Windsor, Christopher Robinson (conductor)
Fantasie Sonata in B majorErich Gruenberg (violin), Roger Vignoles (piano)
Farewell, thou art too dear for my possessingAnthony Rolfe Johnson (tenor), Graham Johnson (piano)
Hear my words, ye peopleSt George's Chapel Choir Windsor, Christopher Robinson (conductor)
Hear my words, ye peopleSt Paul's Cathedral Choir, John Scott (conductor), Andrew Lucas (organ)
I was gladEly Cathedral Choir, Arthur Wills (conductor), Stephen le Provost (organ)
I was gladSt George's Chapel Choir Windsor, Christopher Robinson (conductor)
I was gladSt Paul's Cathedral Choir, John Scott (conductor), Andrew Lucas (organ)
JerusalemWestminster Abbey Choir, James O'Donnell (conductor), Robert Quinney (organ)
JerusalemSt George's Chapel Choir Windsor, Christopher Robinson (conductor)
JobGuildford Choral Society, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Hilary Davan Wetton (conductor)
Laudate DominumWells Cathedral Choir, Malcolm Archer (conductor), Rupert Gough (organ)
Laudate DominumWestminster Abbey Choir, James O'Donnell (conductor), Robert Quinney (organ)
My heart is like a singing birdLynne Dawson (soprano), Malcolm Martineau (piano)
Nonet in B flat majorCapricorn
Overture to an Unwritten TragedyEnglish Northern Philharmonia, David Lloyd-Jones (conductor)
Piano Concerto in F sharp majorPiers Lane (piano), BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Martyn Brabbins (conductor)
Psalm 84 'Quam dilecta!'St Paul's Cathedral Choir, John Scott (conductor), Andrew Lucas (organ)
ReptonSt Paul's Cathedral Choir, John Scott (conductor), Christopher Dearnley (organ)
ReptonWestminster Abbey Choir, James O'Donnell (conductor), Julian Empett (bass), Robert Quinney (organ)
ReptonWells Cathedral Choir, Malcolm Archer (conductor), Rupert Gough (organ)
Songs of FarewellTenebrae, Nigel Short (conductor)
Songs of FarewellSt George's Chapel Choir Windsor, Christopher Robinson (conductor)
The North WindChristopher Maltman (baritone), BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Martyn Brabbins (conductor)
The Soldier's TentChristopher Maltman (baritone), BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Martyn Brabbins (conductor)
Three Songs, Op 12Stephen Varcoe (baritone), Clifford Benson (piano)
Twelve Short PiecesErich Gruenberg (violin), Roger Vignoles (piano)
Violin Sonata in D majorErich Gruenberg (violin), Roger Vignoles (piano)
Welcome, Yule!Westminster Cathedral Choir, James O'Donnell (conductor)
Welcome, Yule!The Rodolfus Choir, Ralph Allwood (conductor)
When in disgrace with fortune and men's eyesAnthony Rolfe Johnson (tenor), Graham Johnson (piano)
Willow, willow, willowSarah Walker (mezzo-soprano), Graham Johnson (piano)

Alphabetical listing of all musical works

A wind sways the pines  
And did those feet in ancient time  
And did those feet in ancient time  
And it was so, that the Lord turned the captivity of Job (Narrator)  
And the Lord said to Satan (Narrator/Chorus/Satan)  
And there came a messenger to Job, and said (Narrator/Shepherd Boy/Job/Satan/Chorus)  
And yet I love her till I die  
Armida's garden (Parry)
As I went down to Taunton Town  
As I went up a woodland walk  
At the round earth's imagined corners  
Beautiful up from the deeps of the solemn sea  
But now my soul is poured out upon me (Job)  
But put forth Thine hand now (Satan/Narrator/Chorus)  
Capriccio. Allegretto 'To Dolly'  
Capriccio. Vivace 'To Dolly'  
Capriccio. Vivace 'To Gwen'  
Cold is the air  
Come, O Sabean horde! Come, and destroy! (Satan/Chorus)  
Crossing the bar 'Sunset and evening star' (Parry)
Dear Lord and Father of mankind  
Dear Lord and Father of mankind  
Dear Lord and Father of mankind  
Dirge in woods  
English Lyrics II (Parry)
English Lyrics III (Parry)
English Lyrics IV (Parry)
English Lyrics V (Parry)
English Lyrics VI (Parry)
English Lyrics VII (Parry)
English Lyrics VIII (Parry)
English Lyrics XI (Parry)
Envoi. Andantino 'To Dolly'  
Envoi. Andantino, quasi allegretto 'To Dolly'  
Evening Service in D major 'The Great' (Parry)
Fantasie Sonata in B major (Parry)
Farewell, thou art too dear for my possessing (Parry)
For I know that Thou shalt bring me unto death (Job)  
Hast thou commanded the morning since thy days? (Chorus)  
Hast thou given the horse strength? (Chorus)  
Hear my words, ye people (Parry)
How should a man be just with God? (Job)  
I had a dream last night  
I have been there before, O my love!  
I know my soul hath power to know all things  
I was glad (Parry)
Idyll. Allegretto 'To K.M.'  
If thou would'st ease thine heart  
Jerusalem (Parry)
Jerusalem (Parry/Thalben-Ball)
Job (Parry)
Julia  
Laudate Dominum (Parry)
Lay a garland on my hearse  
Let the day perish wherein I was born (Job)  
Lift up thy voice, O son of man, and cry (Chorus)  
Lord, let me know mine end  
Love is a bable  
Lullaby. Andantino 'To Maude'  
Magnificat  
Man that is born of woman is of few days (Job)  
More fond than Cushat Dove  
Music  
My heart is like a singing bird (Parry)
My soul is weary of my life (Job)  
My soul, there is a country  
Never weather-beaten sail  
Nightfall in winter  
No longer mourn for me  
Nonet in B flat major (Parry)
Now when Job's friends heard of all this evil (Narrator)  
Nunc dimittis  
O how amiable are the dwellings  
O mistress mine  
O never say that I was false of heart  
O praise ye the Lord!  
O that I were as in the months past (Job)  
On a time the amorous Silvy  
Overture to an Unwritten Tragedy (Parry)
Piano Concerto in F sharp major (Parry)
Preamble. Allegro 'To Gwen'  
Prelude. Allegro 'To Maude'  
Proud Maisie  
Psalm 84 'Quam dilecta!' (Parry)
Repton (Parry)
Repton (Parry/Scott)
Repton (Parry/Willcocks/Scott)
Romance. Andante espressivo 'To Gwen'  
Romance. Andante sostenuto 'To Maude'  
Romance. Lento espressivo 'To Gwen'  
She hath grown cold, whose kindness won me to her  
She is my love beyond all thought  
Sleep  
Some ask'd me where the rubies grew  
Songs of Farewell (Parry)
Take, O take those lips away  
Tell me not, sweet, I am unkind  
The Blackbird  
The Faithful Lover  
The flocks of my master are blessed of God (Shepherd Boy)  
The North Wind (Parry)
The Poet's Song  
The poor soul sat sighing by a sycamore tree  
The rain had fallen, the Poet arose  
The Soldier's Tent (Parry)
The Spirit of the Spring  
Then shall God also confess that thine own right hand can save thee (Chorus/Narrator/Job)  
There is a bird on yonder tree  
There is a lady sweet and kind  
There is an old belief  
There was a man in the land of Uz (Narrator/Job)  
Thine eyes still shined for me  
Three Songs, Op 12 (Parry)
Through the Ivory Gate  
To Althea, from prison  
To Lucasta, on going to the wars  
Twelve Short Pieces (Parry)
Under the greenwood tree  
Violin Sonata in D major (Parry)
Weep you no more, sad fountains  
Welcome be thou, heavenly king  
Welcome, Yule! (Parry)
What part of dread eternity  
When comes my Gwen  
When in disgrace with fortune and men's eyes (Parry)
When Love with unconfined wings  
Who is this that darkeneth counsel by words without knowledge? (Chorus)  
Who shut up the sea with doors? (Chorus)  
Why died I not from the womb? (Job)  
Why so pale and wan?  
Willow, willow, willow (Parry)
Wilt thou disannul judgment? (Chorus)  
Ye little birds that sit and sing