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)
|Vaughan Williams: ] Norfolk Rhapsody No. 1
||New Philharmonia Orchestra, Adrian Boult
||EMI CDM 7 640222
|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.
|Tallis Scholars Sing Thomas Tallis [for Sancte Deus Sancte Deus & Tunes for Archbishop Parker’s Psalter]
|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
|Vaughan Williams: Collector's Edition [for Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis]
||Bournemouth Symphony, Silvestri
|Heartstrings [for “Simple Gifts”]
||Coulter & Phillips
||Gourd Music 106
|Copland: Applachian Spring, etc
||St. Luke’s Chamber Ensemble, Davies
||Nimbus NI 2506
|Long Time Ago [for Copland, Old American Songs: “Simple Gifts”]
||(St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Wolff; Hampson
|John Williams: “Air and Simple Gifts”
||Yo-Yo Ma, Anthony McGill, Gabriela Montero, and Itzhak Perlman and Itzhak Perlman