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Live for ever, glorious Lord

First line:
Hark, my soul, how everything
commissioned for the 1952 St Cecilia service; anthem for treble solo, SATB and organ
author of text

Sir George Dyson studied in Italy and Germany on a Mendelssohn Scholarship before establishing a distinguished career as music master in a number of England’s top public schools and becoming Director of the Royal College of Music. Retirement in 1952 afforded time for more composition, including responding to a commission to write for the annual St Cecilia service. In Live for ever, glorious Lord Dyson sets words by John Austin (1636–1669) and makes extensive use of a soprano soloist. This piece illustrates his mastery of organ writing, with colourful textures throughout supporting expressive melodic lines amid harmony reminiscent of Delius.

from notes by Rupert Gough © 2014


Hymns to Saint Cecilia
Studio Master: CDA68047Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available


Track 9 on CDA68047 [4'55]

Track-specific metadata for CDA68047 track 9

Recording date
25 April 2013
Recording venue
Rochester Cathedral, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Adrian Peacock
Recording engineer
David Hinitt
Hyperion usage
  1. Hymns to Saint Cecilia (CDA68047)
    Disc 1 Track 9
    Release date: November 2014
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