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Living Lord

First line:
Lord Jesus Christ
composer
Thirty 20th-Century Hymn Tunes
author of text

 
In the 1950s and ’60s the doors of the churches were being rattled (and indeed some windows too) by the 20th-Century Church Light Music Group, who were rightly insisting that more than one style was suitable for church use and more than one instrument. They were on the whole writing new, popular-style tunes to old words, and they certainly denied any claim to be producing immortal masterpieces. Patrick Appleford, however, wrote his own words too. This hymn was written in 1958 when he was priest at All Saints Poplar, in London’s East End, being prompted by a song of the time ‘Living Doll’. It is his best-known hymn and possibly the best survivor of the movement. The tune has an engaging warmth, the words are strong, and the whole has a feeling that words and music truly belong together.

from notes by Alan Luff 1999

Recordings

The English Hymn, Vol. 1 – Christ Triumphant
CDP12101

Details

Track 10 on CDP12101 [2'38]

Track-specific metadata for CDP12101 track 10

Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-99-10110
Duration
2'38
Recording date
16 June 1999
Recording venue
Wells Cathedral, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Mark Brown
Recording engineer
Antony Howell & Julian Millard
Hyperion usage
  1. The English Hymn, Vol. 1 Christ Triumphant (CDP12101)
    Disc 1 Track 10
    Release date: November 1999
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