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The Hundredth Psalm

First line:
All people that on earth do dwell
1953 for the Coronation
author of text
Daye's Psalter, 1560/61

That Vaughan Williams was capable of extroversion and raw excitement is evident in The Hundredth Psalm (“All people that on earth do dwell”), his arrangement of the famous sixteenth century hymn melody, with words from Psalm 100 in the Scottish clergyman William Kethe’s translation. First heard at the coronation of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Vaughan Williams’s arrangement provided a rousing context in which to set the mass of congregational voices which filled the vast interiors of Westminster Abbey at the 1953 service. The peal of trumpets and clash of timpani in the outer movements are particularly stirring, summoning images of a colourful state ceremony, and emphasizing the perennial certainties of a faith which, in the words of the psalmist, “shall from age to age endure”.

from notes by Terry Blain © 2016


Studio Master: SIGCD465Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
Vaughan Williams: Choral works
CDS44321/4Boxed set (at a special price) — Download only
Vaughan Williams: The shepherds of the delectable mountains & other works
CDA66569Archive Service


Track 7 on CDA66569 [7'46] Archive Service
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