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Once in royal David's city – Irby

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The world’s troubles seem simpler, its wonders greater, when seen through the eyes of a child. The story of the Nativity could scarcely be told more simply than it is in Once in royal David’s city. The hymn’s familiarity disguises the insight of words fashioned in the late 1840s by Cecil Frances Humphreys, later Alexander, for use in Sunday school. Mrs Alexander’s work delivers moral instruction; it also offers lessons to people of all ages about unconditional love and empathetic joy, virtues not readily associated with High Victorian piety. As the Congregational minister and composer Erik Routley noted, Alexander’s text found its ideal partner in Henry Gauntlett’s music. The melody, observed Routley, ‘has the extraordinary quality of sounding as effective in the homely piano-accompanied gathering for which it was originally composed as it does amid all the splendour of King’s College Chapel. That is as much as to say that Dr Gauntlett, who wrote ten thousand hymn-tunes, of which a few are magnificent and the rest as dull as old rope, here caught the popular note and wrote something like a genuine carol.’ Three King’s College organists—Arthur Henry Mann, known to his choristers as ‘Daddy Mann’, David Willcocks and Stephen Cleobury—have each contributed to the composition’s splendour and popularity, the first two with their harmonisations, the latter with his bold descant.

from notes by Andrew Stewart © 2021

Recordings

Christmas Carols with The King's Singers
Studio Master: SIGCD683Download only NEWStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
In the bleak midwinter
KGS0060-DDownload only Available Friday 5 November 2021
100 Years of Nine Lessons & Carols
Studio Master: KGS0033-DDownload onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
A Festival of Nine Lessons & Carols - The Centenary Service
Studio Master: KGS0036-DDownload onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
Adeste fideles
CDA66668
Adeste fideles
Studio Master: SIGCD460Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
Favourite Carols from King's
Studio Master: KGS0007Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
Joy to the World
CDH55161
Nine Lessons & Carols
Studio Master: KGS0001Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
Now may we singen
Studio Master: SIGCD595Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
On Christmas night
SIGCD386Download only
Voces 8 Christmas
Studio Master: SIGCD291Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

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Track 1 on KGS0060-D [5'07] Download only Available Friday 5 November 2021
Track 12 on SIGCD683 [3'09] Download only NEW
Track 4 on CDA66668 [4'28]
Track 7 on CDH55161 [3'36]
Track 1 on KGS0001 CD1 [4'40] Download only
Track 1 on KGS0007 [4'38] Download only
Track 21 on KGS0033-D CD2 [4'23] Download only
Track 1 on KGS0036-D [4'21] Download only
Track 1 on SIGCD291 [3'09] Download only
Track 8 on SIGCD386 [4'30] Download only
Track 4 on SIGCD460 [4'30] Download only
Track 3 on SIGCD595 [5'11] Download only

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