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Ye who own the faith of Jesus

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Uploaded by: Agnus_Dei (08/15/16)
Composer: Melody from a French Paroissien, composer unknown
Sample Producer: Voxus Virtual Organs
Sample Set: Müller Grote of Sint Bavo extended
Software: Hauptwerk IV
Genre: Hymn
Today is the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. In churches that observe and celebrate, there are often elaborate processions. The central feature of these processions are the great hymns, so, I thought you might enjoy a very popular one, "Ye who own the faith of Jesus," sung to the well-known melody, "Daily, daily," the melody of which comes "from a French Paroissien" but the composer is unidentified.

The text is by Vincent Stuckey Stratton Coles (1845–1929) who was an Oxford-educated Anglican priest.

Many people have complemented my hymn playing, but I know for a FACT that we have lots of excellent hymn-players here.

In answering the question that several people have asked me about the single, most important thing, I would always say, "control." You are leading the singing, and NOT "accompanying" it. I tell any young students to NEVER allow themselves to buy into that nonsense that they are accompanying it! You are driving the bus!

The skillful player will make his riders want to come along with him, and they will welcome the inspiration and exaltation that you, the leader, share with them.

In this instance, I've played the hymn as if it were the processional for a large service. I'm thinking of at least 1,000 people singing - which is an awe-inspiring experience.

I've done very little "fancy stuff" with this. Because of the organ, I've confined myself to only changes that could realistically be made on the actual instrument.

Because the harmonic nature of the piece is very "basic," I've only added a few "little details" here and there, with only the very end getting somewhat of a reharmonization.
This "restraint" makes the few "altered chords" all the more telling and exciting.

So, to those who have asked for hymns and advice, thank you for the compliments you pay me.

I hope you enjoy this one as much as I enjoyed playing it!

The score is attached below, as well as Rubens painting of the Assumption.
Performance: Live
Recorded in: Stereo
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