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E'en so, Lord Jesus, quickly come

First line:
Peace be to you and grace from him
author of text
after Revelation 22

According to his obituary in The Times, Paul Manz, who died in 2009 at the age of 90, ‘enriched the world of sacred music in a wide variety of ways’. He was a noted organist, teacher, lecturer, conductor and scholar, as well as composer. E’en so, Lord Jesus, quickly come (1953) is probably the most frequently performed of his compositions; it is estimated that over one million copies have been sold. The text, which was adapted by Manz and his wife Ruth from Revelation Chapter 22 in response to a serious illness suffered by their three-year-old son, is set in modified strophic form, suggesting the genre of hymn-anthem. The principal theme, which frequently appears in imitation, echoes phrases from Lutheran chorales—most suggestively, the opening line of ‘Wer nur den lieben Gott läßt walten’. This is unsurprising given Manz’s abiding interest in Bach. The anthem begins in B flat minor, but turns at the end to D flat major—surely reflecting the move from darkness to light celebrated in the seasons of Advent and Christmas.

from notes by Martin Ennis © 2020


Advent Live, Vol. 2
Studio Master: SIGCD661Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
Studio Master: CDA68087Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available


Track 10 on CDA68087 [2'32]
Track 17 on SIGCD661 [2'48] Download only

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