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Repton
First line:
Dear Lord and Father of mankind
composer
NEH 353, from a song in the oratorio Judith
composer
last verse descant
author of text

Recordings
'Praise to the Lord' (CDH55036)
Praise to the Lord
Buy by post £5.50 CDH55036  Helios (Hyperion's budget label)  
'The Music of St Paul's Cathedral' (SPCC2000)
The Music of St Paul's Cathedral
Buy by post £4.50 SPCC2000  Super-budget price sampler  
Details
Track 14 on CDH55036 [3'58] Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
Track 9 on SPCC2000 [3'58] Super-budget price sampler

Repton
John Greenleaf Whittier (1807–1892), who composed over sixty hymns including Immortal love for ever full and the extremely popular Dear Lord and Father of mankind, once wrote ‘I am really not a hymn writer for the simple reason that I know nothing of music. Only a very few of my pieces were written for singing. A good hymn is the best use to which poetry can be devoted but I do not claim I have succeeded in composing one’. Whittier was born in Massachusetts to Quaker farming parents and after spending several years in Boston as a newspaper journalist and editor he returned home in 1831 to combine journalism with farming. In 1836 Whittier was elected Secretary of the American Anti-Slavery Society. Dear Lord and Father was originally part of Whittier’s religious poem ‘The Brewing of Soma’, which he wrote in 1872; the hymn was first published in 1884 in Horder’s Congregational Hymns.

The composer and music historian Sir Charles Hubert Hastings Parry (1848–1918) began composing at eight years of age and whilst at Eton he took his Oxford degree in music. He continued his studies at Oxford University, became Director of Music at the Royal College of Music in 1894 and was knighted in 1898. Parry was Professor of Music at Oxford between 1900 and 1908 and during this time he received a baronetcy. Parry’s best-known works are Blest Pair of Sirens (1887), Songs of Farewell (1916–1918) and a setting of Blake’s ‘Jerusalem’. The hymn tune ‘Repton’ is taken from a song in his oratorio Judith (1880).

from notes by Sarah Langdon 1999

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Details for SPCC2000 track 9
Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-89-03614
Duration
3'58
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 14
    Release date: September 1999
    Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
  2. Praise to the Lord (CDH88036)
    Disc 1 Track 14
    Release date: October 1989
    Deletion date: September 1999
    Helios (Hyperion's budget label) Superseded by CDH55036
  3. The Music of St Paul's Cathedral (SPCC2000)
    Disc 1 Track 9
    Release date: July 2000
    Super-budget price sampler
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