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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

Recordings
'Adeste fideles' (CDA66668)
Adeste fideles
'Christmas through the ages' (NOEL1)
Christmas through the ages
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Track 21 on CDA66668 [3'05]
Track 16 on NOEL1 [3'05] Super-budget price sampler Download only

Mendelssohn
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

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