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Hark! the herald angels sing Mendelssohn

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