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Although the tune Hanover was first published anonymously in the Supplement to the New Version of Psalms by Dr Nicholas Brady and Nahum Tate (1708), it is widely believed to be by William Croft (1678–1727), who became Organist of Westminster Abbey a year after its publication. The descant is by Alan Gray (1855–1935) who was Director of Music at Trinity College, Cambridge, for over thirty years at the beginning of the twentieth century.
from notes by The Revd Dr James Hawkey © 2014