Hark the Hearld Angles

from A Mandolin Christmas by Karen Mal & Will Taylor

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First appearing in the collection Hymns and Sacred Poems in 1739, and written by the somber Charles Wesley, this tune was slow and solemn – not the tune we know today. The original opening couplet was “Hark! How all the welkin rings Glory to the King of Kings.” Wesley originally wanted the poem to be set to the tune of Christ the Lord is Risen Today. However, the popular version we know is the result of alterations from various hands including Wesley’s co-worker George Whitefield and Felix Mendelssohn. The music accompanying the lyrics today is from a cantata composed by Mendelssohn in 1840, commemorating Johann Gutenberg’s invention of the printing press.

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from A Mandolin Christmas, released December 1, 2011

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