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O praise ye the Lord! – Laudate Dominum

First line:
O praise ye the Lord!
NEH 427; from the 1894 anthem Hear my words
author of text
after Psalms 148 and 150

In the days when diocesan choral festivals were great gatherings of (all-male) robed choirs it was quite usual for a new anthem to be commissioned. For the 1894 meeting of the Salisbury Diocesan Choral Association, C H H Parry, by then one of the leading composers of his day and one of the leaders of the revival of English music that has continued to the present, wrote the anthem Hear my words, O ye people. It ends with a movement in which the cathedral choir and the main body of singers alternate to sing this hymn as the climax of the piece. The anthem itself, although revived from time to time, is not one of Parry’s best pieces, except for this tune taken from it, including the elaborate accompaniment for the final verse, so suitable in the anthem, and so effective too in ordinary use. ‘Laudate Dominum’ (‘Praise the Lord’) is the heading of Psalm 150 in the Book of Common Prayer, and the words are a metrical version of that psalm by H W Baker.

from notes by Alan Luff © 2001


Rejoice, the Lord is king!
Studio Master: CDA68013Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
The English Hymn, Vol. 2 - Jerusalem the Golden
The Hymns Album, Vol. 2
Studio Master: SIGCD572Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available


Track 1 on CDP12102 [2'52]
Track 14 on CDA68013 [2'33]
Track 23 on SIGCD572 [2'12] Download only

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