- Publisher: Lounsbrough Music
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Variations on a Shape-Note Tune
Philip Doddridge, British theologian and hymn-writer in the first half of the 18th century, wrote the text, Do not I love Thee, O my Lord? as a hymn of reflection on Peter’s restoration to fellowship with Christ after his denial. Peter’s words recorded in the Gospel of John, “Lord, You know all things; You know that I love You,” are the inspiration for the hymn–a text full of devotion and spiritual aspiration.
The tune featured in variations in this work for orchestra, is taken from the Southern Harmony tradition codified by William Walker in his hymnal, The Southern Harmony and Musical Companion, of 1835. The simplicity and beauty of early American life is depicted throughout this work with the weaving in and out of the hymn tune. Nearing the end of the performance, you will hear the members of the ensemble sing in the tradition of 18th and 19th century hymn singing.Melodious-Still-Perusal-Score