Lately I’ve been listening to a fair bit of C.H.H. Parry’s music (1848-1918). I’d heard of Parry before, but my new-found interest in him was sparked after I heard the processional anthem “I was glad” at the Royal Wedding last year. With the full orchestration and the Westminster Abbey choir, it is absolutely magnificent.
Here’s another beautiful piece of his I’ve since discovered, a setting of Tennyson’s text, “Crossing the Bar,” sung by the St. Paul’s Cathedral Choir.
Finally, on more recommendation, in keeping with the theme of English choral music. I stumbled on Geoffrey Burgon’s Nunc Dimittis this past summer. Samantha and I went to see Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, and loved it, so I decided to take out the older mini-series from the library. I was surprised that Burgon (who also composed the score for the series) chose to use this sacred choral selection for the credits. It seems a bit out of place for a spy story. Still, whatever his reasons, I’m glad he made that choice, because I’ve been listening to it a lot lately.