Please turn to number 108 and join with the clarinets in “Hearts to Heaven, and Voices Raise”.
First Line: Hearts to Heaven and Voices Raise
Name: LUX EOI.
Meter: 8 7, 8 7. D.
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.
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.