The Hymn of Jesus: Echoes from the Gnosis (Forgotten Books)

 
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The Hymn of Jesus was first published in 1907 under the authorship of Gustav Holst. A hymn is a type of song, usually religious, specifically written for the purpose of praise, adoration or prayer, and typically addressed to a god or other religiously significant figure. The word hymn derives from Greek µ?o? hymnos "a song of praise", which itself is derived from the Proto-Indo-European stem *sh2em- "to sing" and is related to Hittite išamai "he sings" and Sanskrit s?man "song".

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Publisher's Preface; Preamble; The Hymn; Comments

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"The son of a Swedish father and English mother, Holst studied at the Royal College of Music in London. For some years he made his living as a trombone player, but eventually gravitated towards teaching, becoming master at St. Paul's Girls' School in 1905 and director of music at Morley College in 1907, posts he successfully retained until the end of his life. A studious and deeply thoughtful man, his influences were wide ranging. Along with friend Ralph Vaughan Williams he became active in the English folk music revival. His interest in religious philosophy and the mysticism, poetry and spiritualism of the East led him to compose his Rig Veda Hymns (1908-1910), the opera Savitri (1908), and the choral and orchestral work The Cloud Messenger (1912). By 1915 he had absorbed many influences and was beginning to find a voice of his own: work on his celebrated Planets was under way. By 1919 the Hymn of Jesus was also complete, a work which successfully combines the medieval plainsong of Holy Week hymns, Pange Lingua and Vexilla Regis, with his own individual treatment of texts from the Apocryphal Acts of St John, translated from the original Greek by Holst himself. The words are supposedly attributed to Jesus and his disciples the night before the crucifixion." (Quote from halifaxchoralsociety.co.uk)

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