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Abends

First line:
Sun of my soul, thou Saviour dear
composer
NEH 251
author of text

 
It is almost a theme running through these notes that a hymn tune or two is all that survives of the work of a musician highly regarded in his time. After studies in England and Germany, Herbert Oakeley was Reid Professor of Music at Edinburgh University, and in 1881 was made Composer to the Queen in Scotland. He composed a great deal and was known as a fine improviser. These words by John Keble, whose ‘hymns’ are almost all taken from his book of poems The Christian Year (1827), are another meditation on Luke 24:29, ‘Abide with us, for it is towards evening, and the day is far spent’. It is another of those popular evening hymns (the German ‘Abends’ means ‘at evening’). The tune gives a fitting aura of warmth to the words, but it is tightly constructed, with the rising figure introduced in line two appearing at different pitches in the next two lines, carrying the interest through to the end.

from notes by Alan Luff © 2001

Recordings

Praise to the Lord
CDH55036
The English Hymn, Vol. 2 – Jerusalem the Golden
CDP12102

Details

Track 3 on CDP12102 [3'43]
Track 9 on CDH55036 [3'24]

Track-specific metadata for CDH88036 track 9

Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-89-03609
Duration
3'24
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 9
    Release date: September 1999
  2. Praise to the Lord (CDH88036)
    Disc 1 Track 9
    Release date: October 1989
    Deletion date: September 1999
    Superseded by CDH55036
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