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Live for ever, glorious Lord

First line:
Hark, my soul, how everything
commissioned for the 1952 St Cecilia service; anthem for treble solo, SATB and organ
author of text

Sir George Dyson studied in Italy and Germany on a Mendelssohn Scholarship before establishing a distinguished career as music master in a number of England’s top public schools and becoming Director of the Royal College of Music. Retirement in 1952 afforded time for more composition, including responding to a commission to write for the annual St Cecilia service. In Live for ever, glorious Lord Dyson sets words by John Austin (1636–1669) and makes extensive use of a soprano soloist. This piece illustrates his mastery of organ writing, with colourful textures throughout supporting expressive melodic lines amid harmony reminiscent of Delius.

from notes by Rupert Gough 2014


Hymns to Saint Cecilia
Studio Master: CDA68047Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available


Track 9 on CDA68047 [4'55]

Track-specific metadata for CDA68047 track 9

Recording date
25 April 2013
Recording venue
Rochester Cathedral, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Adrian Peacock
Recording engineer
David Hinitt
Hyperion usage
  1. Hymns to Saint Cecilia (CDA68047)
    Disc 1 Track 9
    Release date: November 2014
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