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Fanfare on "Gopsal" (and Full Hymn)

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Uploaded by: Agnus_Dei (06/11/13)
Composer: Willcocks, David
Sample Producer: Lavender Audio
Sample Set: Hereford Cathedral Willis Organ
Software: Hauptwerk IV
Genre: Contemporary
Sir David Valentine Willcocks (b.1919) CBE, MC began his musical training as a chorister at Westminster Abbey from 1929 to 1934. From 1934 to 1938, he was a music scholar at Clifton College, Bristol, before his appointment as organ scholar at King's College, Cambridge. He became Organist of Salisbury Cathedral in 1947, and remained there until being appointed to Worcester in 1950. From 1957 to 1974 he was Director of Music at King's College, Cambridge. In addition, he served as the organist of Cambridge University, conductor of the Cambridge University Musical Society, and as University Lecturer. He held these positions at Cambridge until the 1970s when he accepted the post of director of the Royal College of Music. In the 1971 he was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) and was created a Knight Bachelor in 1977.

The "Fanfare on 'Gopsal'" was published in 1970, and appears in OUP's "Ceremonial Music." I've looked at in a few times, and always thought: "Well, that's pretty stupid..."
However, feeling the need to do a fanfare, I pulled this out, and threw together... It's actually pretty cool, and is sort of bi-tonal in the way it introduces Handel's magnificent hymntune, 'Gopsal', which is usually sung to the words, "Rejoice, the Lord is King." As an afterthought, I decided to include the entire hymn and text so we could all sing along. I admit that I "joined" these two items together, so, I hope you will forgive me for cheating this time... ;-) I dedicate this to all tuber-lovers, not to mention the friends of Mr. 32' Bombarde.

I'm going to put the entire text of the hymn in the first response, and I want EVERYONE to sing it! I've accompanied it for a large, SINGING congregation, so we KNOW they're not Catholics. Anglicans will please stand as the Fanfare begins. Presbyterians may stand up after it concludes... ;-)
Performance: Live
Recorded in: Stereo
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