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When I survey the wondrous cross – Rockingham

First line:
When I survey the wondrous cross
adapted from an older tune; NEH 95
author of text

By common consent, When I survey the wondrous Cross is one of the finest hymns to spring from the evangelical movement in eighteenth-century England. The gory imagery of Isaac Watts’ text of 1707 is remote from present-day religious thought (if not from present-day Hollywood films) but was common currency to Protestants of the time: Bach set similarly bloodstained texts to music in his cantatas and Passions without complaint. The tune, an adaptation of a melody called Tunbridge made by Edward Miller, organist of Doncaster Parish Church and a former flautist in Handel’s orchestra, was published in 1790 and soon became the standard one for these words. It was aptly harmonized by the glee composer Samuel Webbe in 1820.

from notes by Collegium Records © 2000


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The Hymns Album, Vol. 2
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Track 12 on CDP12103 [3'53] Archive Service
Track 11 on COLCD126 [3'20] Download only
Track 13 on SIGCD545 [3'38] Download only
Track 19 on SIGCD572 [3'11] Download only

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