'Jerusalem', 'I was Glad' and 'Repton' A cappella variations
Sir C. Hubert H. Parry / Naylor
by Ron Naylor : New Zealand Composer
Sir Hubert Parry was the son of an artist, married nobility hence his baronetcy, and became professor of music at Oxford University, England. He wrote four symphonies that lay forgotten till recently, but is renowned amongst Englishmen as the composer of "Jerusalem", the coronation processional "I was glad" based on some verses of Psalm 122, and he was the composer of the hymn tune "Repton"
These fine works are classics in their own right, but one felt it was too hard to hear the words in the tumultuous orchestration so I have reset these works for SSAATTBB 'a cappella' choir with organ interlude. These are not arrangements. Rather, they are radically new. Without doubt the purists shall wince, but I think my treatment of these works is a vast improvement.
Born 1940, in New Zealand Army 1960 -1964 serving in Malaya for two years. Founded the Ron Naylor Art School in 1964. Trained as an organist and compose for that instrument, choral works, piano works, organ works, and symphonies for orchestra. Started breeding rhododendrons in 1985, but none registered as yet. Forced out of Christchurch, New Zealand in 2011 by earthquake damage, and now live nearby in Prebbleton. Not quite poor as a church mouse, but I'm working on it !
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