Sir Hubert Parry – child prodigy

Author: Peter Broadbent

Performance: I Was Glad

Sir Hubert Parry was something of a prodigy, being awarded his B.Mus. degree from Oxford University whilst he was still a schoolboy at Eton.

Despite the best efforts of his family to channel him into a life of commerce (he was an underwriter at Lloyd’s for some years) and later his in-law’s objections, he eventually achieved a life in the musical world, teaching at the Royal College of Music alongside Stanford, becoming Director from 1895 until his death, as well as Professor of Music at Oxford University.

I was glad was written for the coronation of Edward VII in 1902 and has been used at all subsequent coronations, as well as at the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in 2011.

Blest pair of sirens, written in 1887, was the work which really established Parry’s international reputation. It is a setting of words taken from Milton’s At a solemn music and was first performed at the opening of the Albert Hall. The piece is dedicated to Stanford, who described Parry as “England’s greatest composer since Purcell”.

Advertisements
This entry was posted in Repertoire and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink.

2 Responses to Sir Hubert Parry – child prodigy

  1. Pingback: I Was Glad – March 2012 | Joyful Company of Singers

  2. Pingback: John Ireland – the “English Impressionist” | Joyful Company of Singers

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s