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Horsley

First line:
There is a green hill far away
composer
NEH92
composer
last verse harmony
author of text

 
Mrs Cecil Frances Alexander (1818–1895) was only twenty years old when she composed the beautiful words of the hymn There is a green hill, a work of exquisite purity and tenderness of youth. Her inspiration is said to have come from a large grass-covered mound just outside her home town of London­derry which put her in mind of the hill in the Holy Land, beyond Jerusalem’s gates, ‘where our dear Lord was crucified’. During her lifetime, Mrs Alexander wrote over four hundred hymns including Once in Royal David’s City and All things bright and beautiful, two hymns which have remained extremely popular with adults and children alike.

The tune ‘Horsley’ was named after its composer, William Horsley (1774–1858), a London-born organist and composer who was one of the founders of the Philharmonic Society in London (1813). The flowing melody and simple harmonies of his hymn tune complement perfectly the fresh simplicity of Mrs Alexander’s poetry.

from notes by Sarah Langdon 1999

Recordings

Praise to the Lord
CDH55036

Track-specific metadata for CDH55036 track 3

Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-89-03603
Duration
3'07
Recording date
3 February 1989
Recording venue
St Paul's Cathedral, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Mark Brown
Recording engineer
Antony Howell
Hyperion usage
  1. Praise to the Lord (CDH55036)
    Disc 1 Track 3
    Release date: September 1999
  2. Praise to the Lord (CDH88036)
    Disc 1 Track 3
    Release date: October 1989
    Deletion date: September 1999
    Superseded by CDH55036
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