108-HeartsToHeavenAndVoicesRaise

Please turn to number 108 and join with the clarinets in “Hearts to Heaven, and Voices Raise”.

Number: 108
First Line: Hearts to Heaven and Voices Raise
Name: LUX EOI.
Meter: 8 7, 8 7. D.
Tempo: Brightly
Music: Arthur S. Sullivan, 1842-1900
Text: Christopher Wordsworth, 1807-85

Clarinet Arrangement: 108-HeartsToHeavenAndVoicesRaise

We’ve already covered the Arthur S. Sullivan, amazingly, was the Sullivan of “Gilbert & Sullivan”. So, facile melodies and bright harmonies are to be expected here.

Regarding Christopher Wordsworth:

As a scholar he is best known for his edition of the Greek New Testament (1856–1860), and the Old Testament (1864–1870), with commentaries; but his writings were many in number, and included a volume of devotional verse, The Holy Year (1862), Church History up to A.D. 451 (1881–1883), and Memoirs of his uncle, William Wordsworth (1851), to whom he was literary executor. His Inscriptiones Pompeianae (1837) was an important contribution to epigraphy. He also wrote several hymns (Hymns Ancient and Modern New Standard contains seven) of which perhaps the best known is the Easter hymn ‘Alleluia, Alleluia, hearts to heaven and voices raise’.

With William Cooke, a Canon of Chester, Wordsworth edited for the Henry Bradshaw Society the early 15th century Ordinale Sarum of Clement Maydeston, but the work did not appear in print until 1901, several years after the death of both editors.[4]

And, as indicated, he was the nephew, and literary executor, of William Wordworth, a quote from whom I recently ran across, regarding his time at Trinity College.

And from my pillow, looking forth by light
Of moon or favouring stars, I could behold
The antechapel where the statue stood
Of Newton with his prism and silent face,
The marble index of a mind for ever
Voyaging through strange seas of Thought, alone.

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044.LongAgoAndFarAway

Please turn to number 44 and join with the clarinets in “Long Ago and Far Away”.

First Line: Long Ago and Far Away
Name: RESONET IN LAUDIBUS.
Meter: Irregular. With Refrain.
Tempo: Brightly in unison
Music: German Carol Melody, 14th Century
Harm. by R. Vaughn Williams, 1872-1958
Text: Edward Traill Horn, III, 1909-
Written for this Book
Refrain XV cent., German, Tr. Oxford Book of Carols

Another well known composer providing Harmonization to this hymn. From the Wikipedia:

Ralph Vaughan Williams OM (Listeni/ˈrf ˌvɔːn ˈwɪljəmz/[n 1] 12 October 1872 – 26 August 1958) was an English composer. His works include operas, ballets, chamber music, secular and religious vocal pieces and orchestral compositions including nine symphonies, written over nearly fifty years. Strongly influenced by Tudor music and English folk-song, his output marked a decisive break in British music from its German-dominated style of the 19th century.

I wasn’t sure about this hymn when I first listened to the sounds from the arranging software, or, indeed the first couple times I played through. The harmonies are kind of delicate and it is quite a bit more complicated than the usual hymns. Almost a small choral piece, more than a hymn.

Clarinet Arrangement: 044-longagoandfaraway

But eventually, when I got the phrasing worked out, I really liked it. Another hymn I don’t remember hearing as a child.

The usual, at this point, method. Doubled all parts, applied Audacity “Large Room” Reverb Effect.

Red Service Book and Hymnal
Red Service Book and Hymnal