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O come, all ye faithful
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The origins of both the music and words to O come, all ye faithful, the triumphal hymn of praise for Christmas Day, are obscure and may be traced to English Catholic circles of the mid-eighteenth century. They appear in manuscripts copied by John Francis Wade, a lay teacher and musician at Douai Abbey. The tune written down by Wade was first published under the title ‘Adeste fideles’ in An Essay on the Church Plain Chant edited by Samuel Webbe the elder in 1782. Additional verses were added later and Frederick Oakley translated the original Latin from Wade’s manuscript. Modern versions are based on W H Monk’s harmonization for the first edition of Hymns Ancient and Modern (1861), and in this performance the descant of the penultimate verse is by David Hill.

from notes by Andrew Burn © 2006

Track-specific metadata
Details for CDA67576 track 21
Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-06-57621
Duration
3'54
Recording date
15 January 2006
Recording venue
St John's College Chapel, Cambridge, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Mark Brown
Recording engineer
Julian Millard
Hyperion usage
  1. Christmas at St John's Cambridge (CDA67576)
    Disc 1 Track 21
    Release date: October 2006
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