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Songs of Farewell

composer
1916/8

 
Sir C Hubert H Parry (1848-1918) was one of the most important figures in late nineteenth-century English music. Parry’s role as a teacher and a writer was crucial; both he and Stanford were able to revitalize English music at a time when standards were low. He obtained his MusB degree whilst still at Eton, and before he went up to Exeter College, Oxford, one of his morning services had already been sung at Magdalen College. After Oxford he worked for Lloyd’s Shipping, but continued musical studies with Dannreuther who brought his work to the fore in 1880 when he played his Piano Concerto at the Crystal Palace.

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

Recordings

Parry: Songs of Farewell
Studio Master: SIGCD267Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
Parry: Sacred Choral Music
CDA66273Download currently discounted
A Song of Farewell
Studio Master: SIGCD281Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
All in the April Evening
CDH55243
The English Anthem, Vol. 3
CDA66618Archive Service
The English Anthem, Vol. 6
CDA66826Archive Service
The English Anthem, Vol. 7
CDA67087
The English Anthem, Vol. 8
CDA67483

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No 1: My soul, there is a country
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Track 4 on CDA66273 [3'44]
Track 11 on CDA66826 [4'34] Archive Service
Track 5 on SIGCD267 [3'52] Download only
No 2: I know my soul hath power to know all things
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Track 5 on CDA66273 [2'18]
Track 6 on SIGCD267 [2'04] Download only
No 3: Never weather-beaten sail
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Track 6 on CDA66273 [3'30]
Track 7 on CDA67087 [3'56]
Track 16 on CDH55243 [2'54]
Track 7 on SIGCD267 [3'22] Download only
No 4: There is an old belief
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Track 7 on CDA66273 [4'02]
Track 11 on CDA66618 [4'35] Archive Service
Track 8 on SIGCD267 [4'52] Download only
No 5: At the round earth's imagined corners
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Track 8 on CDA66273 [7'17]
Track 9 on SIGCD267 [7'27] Download only
No 6: Lord, let me know mine end
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Psalm 39: 5-15

Track 9 on CDA66273 [10'29]
Track 12 on CDA67483 [10'22]
Track 10 on SIGCD267 [10'58] Download only
Track 15 on SIGCD281 [11'42] Download only

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