Sunday, December 16, 2018

Sunday music spot: Rejoice in the Lord alway

I chose this piece because it is a setting of the words of this morning's New Testament lesson, from the Letter of Paul to the Philippians (Ch 4 verses 4:7)

"Rejoice in the Lord always.
And again I say, Rejoice!
Let your softness be known unto all men
The Lord is even at hand
Be careful for nothing
But in all prayer and supplication let your petitions be manifest unto God
with giving of thanks
And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding,
Keep your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus."

I once had a humorous dictionary of church music and one of the first entries was

"Anon, short for anonymous: a composer with many pseudonyms including Farrant Tye and Redford."

E.g. there are a lot of pieces of music where nobody is quite sure who really deserves the credit but which have commonly attributed to a popular composer who wrote in the same style.

This piece has sometimes been attributed to Redford on precisely that basis but nobody is absoilutely certain who really wrote it.


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