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Once in royal David's city Irby

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Once in royal David's city
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harmony
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third verse harmony; final verse harmony and descant
author of text

 
Henry John Gauntlett (1805–1876) was a lawyer turned organist and organ designer, and an authority on Gregorian chant. In the late 1840s, when he was organist of the Union Chapel in Islington, north London, he ran a class in which, for due remuneration, he taught more than two hundred members of the thousand-strong congregation not only the musical items they were expected to sing, but also the choir anthems in which they regularly participated. His claim to have composed ten thousand hymn tunes is questionable, but he certainly wrote a vast number, of which a mere handful have found their way into the standard hymnals. They include ‘St Fulbert’ (Ye choirs of new Jerusalem), ‘St Albinus’ (Jesus lives! thy terrors now) and ‘Irby’ (Once in royal David’s city). The present harmonization is not Gauntlett’s, however, but that of Arthur Henry Mann (1850–1929), who was organist of King’s College, Cambridge, for more than fifty years and presided over the music in the first Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols in 1919. The words are by the redoubtable Mrs Cecil Frances Alexander, wife of a sometime Primate of All Ireland. This is a striking example of Victorian hymnody. The descants and alternative harmonies are by James O’Donnell.

from notes by Wadham Sutton 1993

Recordings

Adeste fideles
SIGCD460Download only 28 October 2016 Release
Adeste fideles
CDA66668
Favourite Carols from King's
Studio Master: KGS0007Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
Joy to the World
CDH55161Please, someone, buy me …
Nine Lessons & Carols
KGS0001Download only
On Christmas night
SIGCD386Download only
Voces 8 Christmas
Studio Master: SIGCD291Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

Details

Track 4 on SIGCD460 [4'30] Download only 28 October 2016 Release
Track 4 on CDA66668 [4'28]
Track 7 on CDH55161 [3'36] Please, someone, buy me
Track 1 on KGS0001 CD1 [4'40] Download only
Track 1 on KGS0007 [4'38] Download only
Track 1 on SIGCD291 [3'09] Download only
Track 8 on SIGCD386 [4'30] Download only

Track-specific metadata for CDA66668 track 4

Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-93-66804
Duration
4'28
Recording date
15 June 1993
Recording venue
St Jude-on-the-Hill, Hampstead Garden Suburb, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Mark Brown
Recording engineer
Antony Howell
Hyperion usage
  1. Adeste fideles (CDA66668)
    Disc 1 Track 4
    Release date: October 1993
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