I Was Glad
Hubert Parry

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Up 18. Highest position since 2009. 2nd of Parry's 2 entries.

Settings of Psalm 122 have abounded in churches for hundreds of years. Purcell composed one. So did Boyce. Charles Hubert Hastings Parry's setting, known by the 'incipit' of the text as published in the 1662 Book of Common Prayer, has become one of the most celebrated. Perhaps this is for the simple reason that it sets out to achieve musically exactly what the opening words say. From the moment it begins, it is throbbing with energy, and the first choral cloudburst of the words 'I was glad' still sends a tingle down the spine, even on the hundredth hearing.