Post-Worship Treat for Sunday, July 31, 2022
July 31, 2022
Lexington Presbyterian Church
Sunday, July 31, 2022
William McCorkle plays the C. B. Fisk pipe organ, opus 128 (2007)
Benjamin Carr: Variations to the Sicilian Hymn
The ‘Sicilian Hymn’ (often called ‘Sicilian Mariners’), thought to be a tune of Sicilian origin, gained currency in late 18th-century England. We associate this tune with the hymn text “Lord, Dismiss Us with Thy Blessing,” by the English (Baptist) minister and hymn writer, John Fawcett (1740-1817).
Organists throughout time have composed variations on hymn melodies. Benjamin Carr (1769-1831), born in London, was in Philadelphia at least from 1793, where, with his father and brother, he established a thriving music publishing business. A popular singer and keyboardist, Carr composed a number of popular and patriotic songs, as well as more ‘standard’ voluntaries and hymn-based works.
This work is in the public domain.
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