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First line:
God of our fathers, known of old
No 18 of Kipling Settings
author of text

Recessional is a five-stanza verse from Kipling’s The Five Nations which was written for Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee in 1897. Grainger’s setting dates from 27/28 November 1929, although sketches date back to 1905. Scored for mixed chorus with or without keyboard accompaniments, Grainger sets all five verses with the direction that the fourth and fifth verses ‘may be left out’ (as they are here). With the rousing hymn-like tune Grainger creates an anthem that is quite unlike anything else in his output. In a ‘Round Letter’ dated 7 June 1949 he writes: ‘Kipling’s Recessional was so sweetly sung in a small college town, that I almost wished I was dead and it sung over my grave!’

from notes by Barry Peter Ould © 1996


Grainger: Jungle Book & other choral works


Track 20 on CDH55433 [3'58]

Track-specific metadata for CDH55433 track 20

Recording date
20 January 1996
Recording venue
St Jude-on-the-Hill, Hampstead Garden Suburb, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Mark Brown
Recording engineer
Antony Howell & Julian Millard
Hyperion usage
  1. Grainger: Jungle Book & other choral works (CDA66863)
    Disc 1 Track 20
    Release date: May 1996
    Deletion date: December 2010
    Superseded by CDH55433
  2. Grainger: Jungle Book & other choral works (CDH55433)
    Disc 1 Track 20
    Release date: February 2011
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