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St Patrick's Breastplate
First line:
I bind unto myself today
composer
'St Patrick' NEH 159 and 'Gartan' NEH 278, traditional Irish melodies from The Complete Petrie Collection of Ancient irish Music, part II
composer
1902
author of text
attributed; 8th-century Old Irish Hymn; after Ephesians 6: 11
translator of text
1889

Recordings
'Rejoice, the Lord is king!' (CDA68013)
Rejoice, the Lord is king!
Buy by post £10.50 CDA68013  Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
'Stanford: Sacred Choral Music' (CDS44311/3)
Stanford: Sacred Choral Music
Buy by post £16.50 CDS44311/3  3CDs Boxed set (at a special price)  
'The English Hymn, Vol. 3 – Hills of the north, rejoice' (CDP12103)
The English Hymn, Vol. 3 – Hills of the north, rejoice
Buy by post £8.50 CDP12103 
Details
Track 5 on CDS44311/3 CD3 [10'00] 3CDs Boxed set (at a special price)

St Patrick's Breastplate
Twelve years after his Irish contemporary Thomas R Gonzalvez Jozé had composed his own setting (to the tune ‘Tara’) of ‘I bind unto myself today’ (1890) for the Irish Church Hymnal, Stanford copyrighted his own version of the hymn of the Ancient Irish Church. Attributed to St Patrick the words (in a translation by Mrs Alexander) were arranged by Stanford to an old Irish melody which first appeared in The English Hymnal published in 1906. Known as ‘St Patrick’s Breastplate’, the muscular text is based on St Paul’s letter to the Ephesians, chapter 6 verse 11: ‘Put on the whole armour of God’. St Patrick’s Breastplate, which in 1912 was also arranged by the composer for organ, brass, side drum and cymbals, is a set of strophic variations in which the arrangement is continually varied chorally and accompanimentally. Verse 8 (‘Christ be with me’) diverges from the customary triple metre for an interlude in the tonic major. The final verse, in effect the doxology, returns to the minor for perhaps the most majestic variation, fertile in harmonic nuance and modal colour.

from notes by Jeremy Dibble 1998

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Details for CDS44311/3 disc 3 track 5
Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-98-97405
Duration
10'00
Recording date
1 April 1997
Recording venue
Winchester Cathedral, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Mark Brown
Recording engineer
Antony Howell & Julian Millard
Hyperion usage
  1. Stanford: Sacred Choral Music, Vol. 3 (CDA66974)
    Disc 1 Track 5
    Release date: May 1998
    Deletion date: January 2009
    Superseded by CDS44311/3
  2. Stanford: Sacred Choral Music (CDS44311/3)
    Disc 3 Track 5
    Release date: November 2012
    3CDs Boxed set (at a special price)
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