Sir Hubert Parry
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1848-02-27
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Biography

Hubert Parry was one of the key figures in the British musical renaissance of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, as composer, educator and writer. Born into the landed gentry (his family’s country seat was Highnam Court, near Gloucester), ...

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Hubert Parry was one of the key figures in the British musical renaissance of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, as composer, educator and writer. Born into the landed gentry (his family’s country seat was Highnam Court, near Gloucester), he studied at Eton and Oxford, and under family pressure went into the City, before the growing success of his compositions allowed him, in 1877, to devote himself full-time to music.

He was a major contributor to the first Grove’s Dictionary of Music, which began publication in 1879, and later wrote several books on musical history and aesthetics. He joined the staff of the Royal College of Music when it was founded in 1883, and was director from 1895 until his death; he was also Professor of Music at Oxford from 1900 to 1908. Generations of students came under the spell of his warm, generous personality and his insistence on the artist’s moral responsibility to society. Elgar was articulating a widely held view when, in a 1905 lecture, he called Parry ‘the head of our art in this country’.

Parry’s musical style was influenced primarily by the great German tradition, from Buxtehude to Brahms and even Wagner, at a time when most English musicians considered the latter beyond the pale. Much of his output consists of choral music: oratorios, sacred and secular cantatas, motets, anthems, service music, part-songs and hymns. But he also composed four symphonies, a Symphonic Fantasia, a set of Symphonic Variations and other orchestral works; music for piano, organ and various chamber ensembles; and 12 sets of English Lyrics, an important component of the English song repertory.

After his death at the age of 70, Parry was largely forgotten for many years – thanks mainly to a series of misconceptions. He was viewed as an all-too-conventional Victorian gentleman, when he could more accurately be ranked with Ruskin and Darwin as a Victorian radical: he was agnostic and politically liberal, and had a deeply introspective side to his character. He was also regularly coupled with his more conservative (and more irascible) contemporary Stanford as the joint precursor of a British revival that was considered to have begun in earnest only with Elgar and Vaughan Williams.

In recent years, however, a growing number of recordings and Jeremy Dibble’s pioneering biography have begun to restore Parry’s reputation. And, even if his music is hardly a staple of the concert repertory, his 1887 ode Blest Pair of Sirens, his 1902 Coronation anthem I was glad and his late unaccompanied Songs of Farewell (1916) remain popular with choirs and choral societies, while Jerusalem holds a proud place as one of the finest and best-known of national melodies.

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Sir Hubert Parry, London Philharmonic Orchestra & Sir Adrian Boult
Bridal March (The Birds)
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Bridal March (The Birds) Bridal March (The Birds) Bridal March (The Birds) Bridal March (The Birds)
Sir Hubert Parry, Charles Wesley, Choir and Congregation of Trinity Church, Gosforth & Geoff Ellerby
Ye Servants of God
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Ye Servants of God Ye Servants of God Ye Servants of God Ye Servants of God

Ye Servants of God

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Charles Wesley
Choir and Congregation of Trinity Church, Gosforth
Geoff Ellerby
Tenebrae, Hubert Parry & Nigel Short
Songs of Farewell - No.1: My soul, there is a country
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Songs of Farewell - No.1: My soul, there is a country Songs of Farewell - No.1: My soul, there is a country Songs of Farewell - No.1: My soul, there is a country Songs of Farewell - No.1: My soul, there is a country
Sir Hubert Parry, Philharmonia Orchestra & Patrick Thomas Hawes
Lady Radnor's suite for string...; no. 2; Allemande (Allegretto grazioso)
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Lady Radnor's suite for string...; no. 2; Allemande (Allegretto grazioso) Lady Radnor's suite for string...; no. 2; Allemande (Allegretto grazioso) Lady Radnor's suite for string...; no. 2; Allemande (Allegretto grazioso) Lady Radnor's suite for string...; no. 2; Allemande (Allegretto grazioso)
David Hill, Hubert Parry, Elgar, Edward, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra & Winchester Cathedral Choir
Jerusalem orch. Elgar for chorus and orchestra
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Jerusalem orch. Elgar for chorus and orchestra Jerusalem orch. Elgar for chorus and orchestra Jerusalem orch. Elgar for chorus and orchestra Jerusalem orch. Elgar for chorus and orchestra
Sir Hubert Parry, Hilary Davan Wetton, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra & Guildford Choral Society
Lift up thy voice, O son of man from Job, Scene II
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Lift up thy voice, O son of man from Job, Scene II Lift up thy voice, O son of man from Job, Scene II Lift up thy voice, O son of man from Job, Scene II Lift up thy voice, O son of man from Job, Scene II
Timothy Byram-Wigfield, Hubert Parry, Waynflete Singers, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Winchester Cathedral Choir & David Hill
I was glad
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I was glad I was glad I was glad I was glad
Sir Hubert Parry & Paul Watkins (cello), Huw Watkins (piano)
Cello Sonata in A
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Cello Sonata in A Cello Sonata in A Cello Sonata in A Cello Sonata in A
Hubert Parry, Nigel Short & Tenebrae
Songs of farewell for mixed voices, no.4; There is an old belief [chorus a 6]
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Songs of farewell for mixed voices, no.4; There is an old belief [chorus a 6] Songs of farewell for mixed voices, no.4; There is an old belief [chorus a 6] Songs of farewell for mixed voices, no.4; There is an old belief [chorus a 6] Songs of farewell for mixed voices, no.4; There is an old belief [chorus a 6]

Songs of farewell for mixed voices, no.4; There is an old belief [chorus a 6]

Composer
Hubert Parry
Director
Choir
Tenebrae
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Hubert Parry, Vancouver Bach Choir, Bruce Pullan, Vancouver Symphony Orchestra & Gordon Jacob
I was glad (Psalm 122)
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I was glad (Psalm 122) I was glad (Psalm 122) I was glad (Psalm 122) I was glad (Psalm 122)
Choir of King’s College, Cambridge, Stephen Cleobury & Oliver Brett
Jerusalem
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Jerusalem Jerusalem Jerusalem Jerusalem
Sir Hubert Parry, Jeffrey Wynn Davies & Canzonetta Chamber Choir
Music, When Soft Voices Die
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Music, When Soft Voices Die Music, When Soft Voices Die Music, When Soft Voices Die Music, When Soft Voices Die
Sir Hubert Parry, William Blake, Keiron Phelan, Keiron Phelan, Simon Trought, David Sheppard, Anna Brønsted, Søren Bigum & Oliver Cherer
Jerusalem
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Jerusalem Jerusalem Jerusalem Jerusalem
Sir Hubert Parry, Waynflete Singers, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra & Winchester Cathedral Singers
I Was Glad
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I Was Glad I Was Glad I Was Glad I Was Glad
Robert King, Choir of the King's Consort, Hubert Parry, King's Consort
I was glad vers. for chorus & orch.
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I was glad vers. for chorus & orch. I was glad vers. for chorus & orch. I was glad vers. for chorus & orch. I was glad vers. for chorus & orch.

I was glad vers. for chorus & orch.

Composer
Hubert Parry
Ensemble
King's Consort
Conductor
Robert King
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London Philharmonic Orchestra, Matthias Bamert & CHH Parry
Symphony no. 3 in C major (English) - 3rd mvt; Allegro molto scherzoso
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Symphony no. 3 in C major (English) - 3rd mvt; Allegro molto scherzoso Symphony no. 3 in C major (English) - 3rd mvt; Allegro molto scherzoso Symphony no. 3 in C major (English) - 3rd mvt; Allegro molto scherzoso Symphony no. 3 in C major (English) - 3rd mvt; Allegro molto scherzoso

Symphony no. 3 in C major (English) - 3rd mvt; Allegro molto scherzoso

Composer
CHH Parry
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Sir Hubert Parry, John Greenleaf Whittier, Choir & Congregation of Leicester Cathedral, Daniel Moult & Simon Lole
Dear Lord And Father Of Mankind
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Dear Lord And Father Of Mankind Dear Lord And Father Of Mankind Dear Lord And Father Of Mankind Dear Lord And Father Of Mankind

Dear Lord And Father Of Mankind

Performer
John Greenleaf Whittier
Choir & Congregation of Leicester Cathedral
Daniel Moult
Simon Lole
Sir Hubert Parry, Eric Cross & Newcastle Bach Choir
My soul there is a country
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My soul there is a country My soul there is a country My soul there is a country My soul there is a country
Hubert Parry, The King's Consort, King's Consort Choir & Robert King
Jerusalem
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Jerusalem Jerusalem Jerusalem Jerusalem

Jerusalem

Composer
Hubert Parry
Choir
King's Consort Choir
Conductor
Robert King
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Saint Michael's Singers, Brighton Festival Chorus, Sir Hubert Parry, Adventist Vocal Ensemble, St George’s College, Big Sing Orchestra, Royal Albert Hall Audience, Daniel Moult, Paul Leddington Wright, Paul Leddington Wright & John Hughes
British Isles Medley
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British Isles Medley British Isles Medley British Isles Medley British Isles Medley

British Isles Medley

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Saint Michael's Singers
Brighton Festival Chorus
Adventist Vocal Ensemble
St George’s College
Big Sing Orchestra
Royal Albert Hall Audience
Daniel Moult
Paul Leddington Wright
Paul Leddington Wright
John Hughes
Sir Hubert Parry, BBC Singers & Andrew Griffiths
Songs of Farewell
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Songs of Farewell Songs of Farewell Songs of Farewell Songs of Farewell
The London Philarmonic & Sir Hubert Parry
The Lotos Eaters
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The Lotos Eaters The Lotos Eaters The Lotos Eaters The Lotos Eaters
Sir Hubert Parry, Iain Ballamy & David Rees-Williams
Repton
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Repton Repton Repton Repton
Sir Hubert Parry
Songs of Farewell: My soul, there is a country
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Songs of Farewell: My soul, there is a country Songs of Farewell: My soul, there is a country Songs of Farewell: My soul, there is a country Songs of Farewell: My soul, there is a country
Parry (The Sixteen, conducted by Harry Christophers)
I Was Glad (feat. The Sixteen & Harry Christophers)
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I Was Glad (feat. The Sixteen & Harry Christophers) I Was Glad (feat. The Sixteen & Harry Christophers) I Was Glad (feat. The Sixteen & Harry Christophers) I Was Glad (feat. The Sixteen & Harry Christophers)
Nigel Short, Hubert Parry
Songs of Farewell - Lord let me know mine end
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Songs of Farewell - Lord let me know mine end Songs of Farewell - Lord let me know mine end Songs of Farewell - Lord let me know mine end Songs of Farewell - Lord let me know mine end
Sir Hubert Parry, Susanna Hurrell & Choir of Merton College, Oxford
Jerusalem
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Jerusalem Jerusalem Jerusalem Jerusalem
Iain Simcock, Hubert Parry, Martin Neary & Choir of Westminster Abbey
I was glad
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I was glad I was glad I was glad I was glad
Sir Hubert Parry
Sunset
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Sunset Sunset Sunset Sunset
Sir Hubert Parry & Susanna Hurrell
Jerusalem
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Jerusalem Jerusalem Jerusalem Jerusalem
Sir Hubert Parry
An English Suite: Pastoral
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An English Suite: Pastoral An English Suite: Pastoral An English Suite: Pastoral An English Suite: Pastoral
Sir Hubert Parry
I was glad (1911 version)
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I was glad (1911 version) I was glad (1911 version) I was glad (1911 version) I was glad (1911 version)
Sir Hubert Parry
No longer mourn for me when I am dead - Shakespeare Sonnets
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No longer mourn for me when I am dead - Shakespeare Sonnets No longer mourn for me when I am dead - Shakespeare Sonnets No longer mourn for me when I am dead - Shakespeare Sonnets No longer mourn for me when I am dead - Shakespeare Sonnets
Sir Hubert Parry
English Suite [Prelude]
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English Suite [Prelude] English Suite [Prelude] English Suite [Prelude] English Suite [Prelude]
Sir Hubert Parry
12 Short pieces for violin and piano: Set 3
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12 Short pieces for violin and piano: Set 3 12 Short pieces for violin and piano: Set 3 12 Short pieces for violin and piano: Set 3 12 Short pieces for violin and piano: Set 3
Sir Hubert Parry
Jerusalem, orch. Elgar for chorus and orchestra
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Jerusalem, orch. Elgar for chorus and orchestra Jerusalem, orch. Elgar for chorus and orchestra Jerusalem, orch. Elgar for chorus and orchestra Jerusalem, orch. Elgar for chorus and orchestra
Sir Hubert Parry
I was glad vers. for chorus and organ
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I was glad vers. for chorus and organ I was glad vers. for chorus and organ I was glad vers. for chorus and organ I was glad vers. for chorus and organ
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