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Ecce sacerdos magnus

composer
1888
author of text
Common of a Confessor Bishop

 
In October 1888 the Archbishop of Birmingham visited St George’s and for this occasion Elgar produced this setting developed from a melody in Haydn’s Harmoniemesse. It was orchestrated in 1893 for St Catherine’s of Siena, Birmingham. In this case it is dedicated to his boyhood friend Hubert Leicester, the son of a Worcester printer. Leicester was choirmaster at St George’s when Elgar was organist. His career was spent as a Worcester Accountant. He was for many years Mayor of Worcester and was later responsible for Elgar receiving the freedom of the city.

from notes by Lewis Foreman © 2007

Elgar produisit cette œuvre en octobre 1888, à l’occasion d’une visite à Saint George de l’archevêque de Birmingham. Développée à partir d’une mélodie de l’Harmoniemesse de Haydn, elle fut orchestrée en 1893 pour l’église Sainte-Catherine de Sienne, à Birmingham. Cette fois, Elgar la dédia à son ami d’enfance Hubert Leicester, un fils d’imprimeur de Worcester qui fut maître de chœur à Saint George quand Elgar y était organiste. Il fut, durant toute sa carrière, comptable à Worcester, ville dont il fut longtemps le maire—il fut, plus tard, chargé de nommer Elgar citoyen d’honneur de la ville.

extrait des notes rédigées par Lewis Foreman © 2007
Français: Hyperion Records Ltd

Im Oktober 1888 besuchte der Erzbischof von Birmingham die St. Georgskirche, und für diesen Anlass produzierte Elgar diese Vertonung, die auf einer Melodie aus Haydns Harmoniemesse basiert. Sie wurde 1893 für die Kirche der Hl. Katharina von Siena in Birmingham orchestriert. In diesem Fall ist sie Elgars Kindheitsfreund Hubert Leicester gewidmet, der Chorleiter der Georgskirche war, als Elgar dort als Organist wirkte. Leicester arbeitete als Buchhalter in Worcester und war viele Jahre lang Bürgermeister von Worcester; er war später dafür verantwortlich, dass Elgar die Ehrenbürgerschaft erhielt.

aus dem Begleittext von Lewis Foreman © 2007
Deutsch: Renate Wendel

Recordings

Elgar: Cathedral Music
CDH55147
Elgar: Great is the Lord & other works
CDA67593

Details

Track 10 on CDA67593 [3'14]
Track 8 on CDH55147 [3'05]

Track-specific metadata for CDH55147 track 8

Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-88-31308
Duration
3'05
Recording date
11 May 1988
Recording venue
Worcester Cathedral, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Mark Brown
Recording engineer
Antony Howell
Hyperion usage
  1. Elgar: Cathedral Music (CDA66313)
    Disc 1 Track 8
    Release date: October 1988
    Deletion date: July 2003
    Superseded by CDH55147
  2. Elgar: Cathedral Music (CDH55147)
    Disc 1 Track 8
    Release date: July 2003
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