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Hyperion Records

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Track(s) taken from CDA67576
Recording details: January 2006
St John's College Chapel, Cambridge, United Kingdom
Produced by Mark Brown
Engineered by Julian Millard
Release date: October 2006
Total duration: 3 minutes 54 seconds

O come, all ye faithful
composer
'Adeste fideles'; probable composer
composer
penultimate verse descant
author of text
possible author of Latin words
translator of text

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
The origins of both the music and words to O come, all ye faithful, the triumphal hymn of praise for Christmas Day, are obscure and may be traced to English Catholic circles of the mid-eighteenth century. They appear in manuscripts copied by John Francis Wade, a lay teacher and musician at Douai Abbey. The tune written down by Wade was first published under the title ‘Adeste fideles’ in An Essay on the Church Plain Chant edited by Samuel Webbe the elder in 1782. Additional verses were added later and Frederick Oakley translated the original Latin from Wade’s manuscript. Modern versions are based on W H Monk’s harmonization for the first edition of Hymns Ancient and Modern (1861), and in this performance the descant of the penultimate verse is by David Hill.

from notes by Andrew Burn © 2006

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