Stanford: Song of Wisdom : Canterbury Cathedral Choir

C.V.Stanford (1852-1942) was born in Ireland the son of a successful lawyer, his father wanted him to follow in his footsteps as a lawyer but the young man’s heart was set on becoming a composer. They compromised, if he agreed to read classics at Cambridge first his father would raise no objection to his studying music and composition in Leipzig. Stanford duly went to Queen’s College, Cambridge and spent far more time making music than studying for his degree. By the start of his third year in Cambridge he had been appointed organist of Trinity College and was the conductor for not one but two choral societies, which he combined to form the Cambridge University Musical Society. He achieved a third-class honours degree in classics in 1874, and aged 22 he embarked on his musical career. He studied first in Leipzig and then Berlin combining his studies with travel all over Germany and France studying the music of Wagner, Brahms, Meyerbeer and Offenbach. On his return to Cambridge he began the tradition of performing the great classical choral works (including his own edition of the Bach St Matthew Passion) and of performance of much modern music. His work invigorated the English choral tradition from church services to oratorios. Much of it’s survival – and vigour to this day can be ascribed to him. in the video below the boys of Canterbury Cathedral Choir perform his "Song of Wisdom" ( I came forth from the mouth of the Most High). Enjoy :-).


Video Source: Canterbury Cathedral Choir – Song of Wisdom – YouTube Uploaded by Yumegiwa2000 on May 6, 2010

Song of Wisdom Source: Bible and Scottish Psalter:   I came forth from the mouth of the Most High, Song 1: Psalm 126; Song 2: Psalm 121; Song 3: Psalm 130; Song 4: Isaiah 11: 1-6, 9-10; Hymn 4: Scottish Psalter; Song 5: Psalm 124

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