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Praise, my soul, the King of heaven – Praise, my soul

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Praise, my soul, the King of heaven
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The words are by Henry Francis Lyte (1793–1847), a Scotsman who became a prize-winning poet and perpetual curate of Lower Brixham, Devon. It appeared in his The Spirit of the Psalms (1834). The tune was written for it by Sir John Goss (1800–80), organist of St Paul’s cathedral and a leading Victorian composer of church music. He published it in 1869 in its present form as an early example of varied hymn harmonization, except for the last verse, which has been reharmonized here and a descant added.

from notes by Nicholas Temperley © 2016

Le texte est de Henry Francis Lyte (1793-1847), poète écossais couronné de prix et vicaire perpétuel de Lower Brixham, dans le Devon. Il apparut dans son recueil The Spirit of the Psalms (1834). Sir John Goss (1800-1880), organiste de la cathédrale Saint-Paul et important compositeur de musique d’église de la période victorienne, écrivit la musique sur ces paroles. Il la publia en 1869 dans sa forme présente, exemple précoce d’une harmonisation variée, sauf pour la dernière strophe, qui est ici réharmonisée avec l’ajout d’un contre-chant.

extrait des notes rédigées par Nicholas Temperley © 2016
Français: Dennis Collins

Der Text stammt von dem Schotten Henry Francis Lyte (1793–1847), der zum preisgekrönten Dichter und Kurator auf Lebenszeit von Lower Brixham, Devon, wurde, und erschien in seiner Sammlung The Spirit of the Psalms (1834). Die Melodie dazu schrieb Sir John Goss (1800–1880), Organist an der St. Paul’s Cathedral und in viktorianischer Zeit ein führender Komponist von Kirchenmusik. In ihrer vorliegenden Form veröffentlichte er die Weise 1869 als frühes Beispiel für eine variierte Kirchenlied-Harmonisation, nur die letzte Strophe wurde hier neu harmonisiert und um eine Diskantstimme ergänzt.

aus dem Begleittext von Nicholas Temperley © 2016
Deutsch: Ursula Wulfekamp


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Recording date
21 April 2015
Recording venue
King's College Chapel, Cambridge, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Benjamin Sheen
Recording engineer
Benjamin Sheen
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    Disc 1 Track 6
    Release date: June 2016
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