It’s interesting looking at which hymn writers still feature frequently centuries after they’ve been called to rest. Charles Wesley is one whose texts are still encouraging us in our faith almost 300 years on.
This hymn in particular shows up on lists of recommended hymns almost every month. So it’s really a bit overdue at the Hymnody Project, and absolutely essential to include it in the Advent collection. So this week I polished up my arrangement and performance, and it’s finally ready to share with you.
4 verses of HYFRYDOL is quite a demanding sing, so we don’t take it too fast, and there’s a wee chance to breathe between verses. I’ve scored it for a smaller orchestra, not so many auxiliary woodwinds, but a larger percussion section to help us to keep up.
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