Parry was appointed to the staff at the Royal College of Music when it opened in 1883, succeeding Grove as its director the following year. In 1900 he succeeded Stainer as Professor of Music at Oxford. As a scholar Parry made many contributions (particularly in his later years), including an important work on J S Bach.
Although much of Parry’s music has not stayed in the repertoire, his anthem I was glad (written for the coronation of Edward VII in 1902) seems unlikely to be dropped. Parry’s five Symphonies have recently attracted renewed attention, and his Nonet for wind in B flat, and Violin Sonatas, amongst other works, are available on Hyperion recordings. The six motets, written between 1916 and 1918, which constitute the introspective Songs of Farewell (of which There is an old belief is the third) are fine choral pieces.
from notes by William McVicker © 1992
|Parry: Songs of Farewell|
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|Parry: Sacred Choral Music|
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|A Song of Farewell|
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|All in the April Evening|
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|The English Anthem, Vol. 3|
'A rich feast indeed' (Gramophone)
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|The English Anthem, Vol. 6|
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|The English Anthem, Vol. 7|
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|The English Anthem, Vol. 8|
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