Two of the 20th century’s most popular orchestral works are based on hymns—one from 16th century England, and the other from 19th century America. And both hymns are well-known today almost entirely because of their use in those two concert pieces.
In this hour, the story of the Tudor hymn that inspired Vaughan Williams Fantasia on a Theme of Thomas Tallis--and the Shaker tune “Simple Gifts,” rediscovered by Aaron Copland and made famous in perhaps his best-known work, Appalachian Spring.
|Whales and Nightingales (Judy Collins)||Judy Collins||Elektra 75010||075596067621|
|Vaughan Williams: ] Norfolk Rhapsody No. 1||New Philharmonia Orchestra, Adrian Boult||EMI CDM 7 640222||077776402222|
|Vaughan Williams: Collector's Edition [for “Old One Hundredth “]||Choir Of Winchester Cathedral and Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, David Hill, cond Symphony Orchestra, David Hill, cond.||EMI 2066362||5099920663629|
|Tallis Scholars Sing Thomas Tallis [for Sancte Deus Sancte Deus & Tunes for Archbishop Parker’s Psalter]||Tallis Scholars||Gimell CDGIM203||755138120327|
|O Thou Transcendent [DVD] [fpr ] “When Rising from the Bed of Death” from 47:56-48:46]||Choir of Gloucester Cathedral||Tony Palmer Films TPDVD106||604388698127|
|Vaughan Williams: Collector's Edition [for Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis]||Bournemouth Symphony, Silvestri||EMI 2066362||5099920663629|
|Heartstrings [for “Simple Gifts”]||Muriel Anderson||CGD 99||671583016827|
|Simple Gifts||Coulter & Phillips||Gourd Music 106||090167010622|
|Simple Gifts||Boston Camerata||Erato 4509-98491-2||745099849122|
|Copland: Applachian Spring, etc||St. Luke’s Chamber Ensemble, Davies||Nimbus NI 2506||710357250620|
|Long Time Ago [for Copland, Old American Songs: “Simple Gifts”]||(St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Wolff; Hampson||Teldec 9031-77310-2||090317731025|
|John Williams: “Air and Simple Gifts”||Yo-Yo Ma, Anthony McGill, Gabriela Montero, and Itzhak Perlman and Itzhak Perlman||iTunes download||n/a|