The music of Alywn Surplice, who has a funny name if you consider that his surname is also a vestment, is seldom heard.
Surplice was Director of Music at Bristol and Winchester Cathedrals. I don't believe he had any connection to Gloucester Cathedral, seen in the opening of this YouTube clip.
Note that American Episcopal congregations are familiar with the textual alteration "stars of the morning", which is a very different image than the "sons of the morning". Sung this way, the context for the rest of the hymn is quite different.
Maybe that's why I've always been ambivalent about this text.
Labels: Epiphany, funny names, hymns
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