Treasure No 53: English and German Hymnody, Imports and Exports

As one surveys the history of the links between German and English hymnody, it quickly becomes obvious that, until quite recently, it has largely been a one-way export trade from German-speaking to English-speaking countries. That is hardly surprising, since German hymnody has a much longer tradition than its English counterpart. German hymnody is firmly embedded in the Reformation of the …

Treasure No 49: The Hymn Tunes of Elgar and Holst

In the case of Elgar the examination can be brief indeed. Although Grove’s Dictionary notes among ‘early works, unpublished’ a hymn tune in the key of G dated 1878 and ‘other anthems and hymn tunes’, only one published tune is known. This too dates from 1878, when Elgar was 21, and is now known as ‘DRAKE’S BROUGHTON’, the name of …