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Mendelssohn

First line:
Hark! the herald angels sing
composer
tune taken from second movement of Festgesang, 1840
arranger
last verse descant and harmony
author of text
author of text
author of text

 
Charles Wesley’s words to Hark! the herald angels sing, later supplemented by others, first appeared in Hymns and Sacred Poems in 1739. A Mendelssohn enthusiast, William Cummings (1831–1915) cast about for a suitable tune and settled on the second number in Mendelssohn’s Festgesang (Festive Hymn), a work originally composed for male voices and brass in 1840 to mark a festival at Leipzig commemorating the invention of printing. The descant and alternative harmony in the last verse are by Philip Ledger.

from notes by Wadham Sutton © 1993

Recordings

Adeste fideles
CDA66668
Christmas through the ages
NOEL1Super-budget price sampler — Download only

Details

Track 21 on CDA66668 [3'05]
Track 16 on NOEL1 [3'05] Super-budget price sampler ó Download only

Track-specific metadata for NOEL1 track 16

Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-93-66821
Duration
3'05
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 21
    Release date: October 1993
  2. Christmas through the ages (NOEL1)
    Disc 1 Track 16
    Release date: October 2001
    Deletion date: November 2012
    Super-budget price sampler ó Download only
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