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Dear Lord and Father of mankind

composer
1888; from a song in the oratorio Judith; later adapted to become the hymn tune Repton
arranger
author of text

 
The hymn Dear Lord and Father of mankind, now one of the nation’s favourites, began life as the ballad of Meshullemeth (‘Long since in Egypt’s plenteous land’) in Act I of Judith, his Birmingham oratorio of 1888. It was only after Parry’s death that permission was granted by Novello and Parry’s estate to allow George Gilbert Stocks, the head of music at Repton School, to adapt the music to the words of John Greenleaf Whittier for the school’s hymn book, at which time the melody became known as REPTON. The hymn was then taken up with alacrity by Songs of Praise (1931), the English Hymnal in 1933 and the revised version of Hymns Ancient and Modern in 1950. It was also published by Novello in 1941 as a hymn-anthem, with Whittier’s words, in an arrangement by H A Chambers (as heard on this recording) in which much of the original music of the aria was restored.

from notes by Jeremy Dibble © 2015

Recordings

Parry: I was glad & other choral works
Studio Master: CDA68089Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

Details

Track 3 on CDA68089 [4'07]

Track-specific metadata for CDA68089 track 3

Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-15-08903
Duration
4'07
Recording date
23 June 2014
Recording venue
Westminster Abbey, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Adrian Peacock
Recording engineer
David Hinitt
Hyperion usage
  1. Parry: I was glad & other choral works (CDA68089)
    Disc 1 Track 3
    Release date: September 2015
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