Monday, August 08, 2016

Parry's "O Jerusalem" sung twice in a service yesterday; another "English Brahms"?

Sunday, the communion service at First Baptist performed the hymn ‘O Jerusalem” by Sir Chares Hubert Hastings Parry (“Oh Lord, You Are My God and King”) twice, with all its delicious chormaticism,  Here is a setting orchestrated by Sir Edward Elgar.

This is a separate hymn from “I Was Glad” (Nov. 23, 2013 and May 14, 2011), another link.

Let me note the Chandos set of the symphonies with Marhias Bamert and the London Symphony.  Symphony #3  in C Major (“The English”) is here.  The work is rather like Brahms (the Fourth) or even Zemlinsky’s Second, with the finale as a Theme and Variations on what sounds like another church hymn. It also reminds me of the Brahms Haydn Variations.

Is Parry closer to Brahms than Elgar?

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