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I was glad when they said unto me (Charles Hubert Hastings Parry)

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  • CPDL #29033: 
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2013-05-05).   Score information: A4, 11 pages, 123 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Includes a organ version of the original orchestral accompaniment.
Editor: Stuart McIntosh (submitted 2002-07-02).   Score information: A4, 12 pages, 252 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: Includes a organ version of the original orchestral accompaniment.

General Information

Title: I Was Glad When They Said Unto Me
Composer: Charles Hubert Hastings Parry
Source of text: Psalm 122 vv. 1-3, 6, 7, plus: "Vivat Regina Elizabetha!" ("Long live Queen Elizabeth") in between verses 3 and 6.

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB (a short passage is SATB.SATB)
Genre: SacredAnthem

Language: English
Instruments: Originally for orchestra; organ accompaniment is also common.


Published: Unknown; first performed in 1902; version which was first performed in 1911 is the version that modern performances follow.

Description: According to Jeremy Dibble, "Parry's Coronation Anthem is universally recognized as a masterpiece of ceremonial music." (see C. Hubert H. Parry: His Life and Music by Jeremy Dibble - Clarendon Press, Oxford, 1992)

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Original text and translations

Original text and translations may be found at Psalm 122.