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I would be true

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The Irish folk-melody set to these words is of mysterious origin and first appeared in print in 1855 in The Ancient Music of Ireland, a collection edited by George Petrie who stated that it had been noted down by a Miss Lucy Ross—presumably from the playing of a fiddler or piper, as it is wordless. The exceptional beauty of the melody led to many arrangements being made, including several by Percy Grainger; words were written by Fred Weatherley, and the Air became Danny Boy. In the sacred sphere, I would be true is one of several hymn texts which have been wedded to the tune over the years. The text author, Howard Walter, was an American missionary who wrote I would be true in 1906 under the title ‘My Creed’. Princess Diana’s fondness for the melody prompted its inclusion in her funeral service. The present arrangement for unaccompanied choir was made specially for this recording.

from notes by Collegium Records © 2012


This is the day
COLCD136Download only


Track 14 on COLCD136 [2'57] Download only

Track-specific metadata for COLCD136 track 14

Recording date
17 January 2012
Recording venue
Temple Church, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Thomas Hewitt Jones & Matthew Bennett
Recording engineer
Thomas Hewitt Jones & Matthew Bennett
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  1. This is the day (COLCD136)
    Disc 1 Track 14
    Release date: May 2012
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