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Jerusalem (arr Giroux)

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Hubert Parry

Hubert Parry (arr. Julie Giroux)


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General Info

Year: 1916 / 2019
Duration: c. 4:15
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Hymn
Publisher: Musica Propria
Cost: Score and Parts - Unknown


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Program Notes

And did those feet in ancient time is a short poem printed c. 1808 by William Blake from the preface to his epic Milton a Poem, one of a collection of writings known as the Prophetic Books. Today it is best known as the anthem Jerusalem, with music written by Sir Hubert Parry in 1916.

Although Parry composed the music as a unison song, many churches have adopted Jerusalem; English cathedrals, churches and chapels frequently use it as an office or recessional hymn on St George's Day. It is also sung in some churches on Jerusalem Sunday, a day set aside to celebrate the holy city, in Anglican churches throughout the world and even in some Episcopal churches in the United States.

Upon hearing the orchestral version for the first time, King George V said that he preferred Jerusalem over the British national anthem God Save the Queen. Jerusalem is considered to be England's most popular patriotic song. The New York Times said it was "fast becoming an alternative national anthem," and there have even been calls to give it official status.

The line from the poem "Bring me my Chariot of fire!" draws on the story of 2 Kings 2:11, where the Old Testament prophet Elijah is taken directly to heaven: "And it came to pass, as they still went on, and talked, that, behold, there appeared a chariot of fire, and horses of fire, and parted them both asunder; and Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven." The phrase has become a byword for divine energy, and inspired the title of the 1981 film Chariots of Fire.

- Program Note from Wikipedia


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