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October 10, 2015

2015-10-10 Notes from the Bench

“Alleluia! Sing to Jesus” by Rowland Hugh Prichard and William Chatteron Dix

A commentary on this week’s music by Dr. James T. Gerber, Music Associate


“Alleluia! Sing to Jesus” is a popular hymn of praise filled with biblical imagery. The richness of this text makes it appropriate for many liturgical occasions: particularly the Ascension, Eucharist, Christ the King, and for general use.

William Chatteron Dix (1837-1898) is the author of this text that was first published in his collection of hymns, Altar Songs, Verses on the Holy Eucharist in 1867 with the original title, “Redemption by the Precious Blood”. His text was later published in Hymns Ancient and Modern. Dix’s text is frequently sung with the melody Hyfrydol, a Welsh tune composed by the musician Rowland Hugh Prichard (1811-1887). The word “hyfrydol” means “joyful”. He composed Hyfrydol around 1830, which was first published in his collection, Cyfaill y Cantorion (The Singer’s Friend) in 1844 and later in Halelwiah Drachefn (Hallelujah Again) in 1855. Hyfrydol is a popular and versatile melody with other hymn texts paired with it, among them “Love divine, all loves excelling” in The Hymnal 1982 (#657) and in some hymnals, the Advent text “Come Thou Long Expected Jesus”.



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