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I was glad

for the coronation of Edward VII
author of text
Psalm 122: 1-3, 6, 7

I was glad was written for the Coronation of Edward VII in Westminster Abbey on 9 August 1902. Parry’s setting of words from Psalm 122, which is sung at the entrance of the Sovereign, incorporated the traditional acclamation ‘Vivat Rex Edwardus’, sung by the King’s Scholars of Westminster School. In general use, of course, this section is omitted. Over sixty years had elapsed since Victoria’s Coronation, so it is hardly surprising that the elaborate ceremonial did not go entirely without a hitch. For some reason the signal indicating that the King had arrived was given prematurely, and I was glad was sung before the procession could begin. Consequently it had to be sung a second time—a rare distinction for a ‘first performance’!

The Coronation Choir consisted of some 430 men and boys, divided into Decani and Cantoris and placed on specially erected galleries in the north and south choir aisles. Since some of the singers could not see the conductor (Sir Frederick Bridge), sub-conductors were placed at strategic points to ‘relay’ the beat. With such a disposition of the singers, the double-choir writing which Parry used for ‘Jerusalem is builded …’ must have been particularly effective.

from notes by John Heighway © 1988


Great Cathedral Anthems
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A Knight's Progress
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Hear my words
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Parry: I was glad & other choral works
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Parry: Sacred Choral Music
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Service high and anthems clear
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The English Anthem, Vol. 5
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The Music of St Paul's Cathedral
SPCC2000Super-budget price sampler


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Track 1 on SPCC2000 [6'06] Super-budget price sampler

Track-specific metadata for SPCC2000 track 1

Recording date
30 June 1994
Recording venue
St Paul's Cathedral, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Mark Brown
Recording engineer
Antony Howell
Hyperion usage
  1. The English Anthem, Vol. 5 (CDA66758)
    Disc 1 Track 1
    Release date: February 1995
    Deletion date: November 2008
    Archive Service
  2. The Music of St Paul's Cathedral (SPCC2000)
    Disc 1 Track 1
    Release date: July 2000
    Super-budget price sampler
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