Descant to the hymn tune DIADEMATA
Audio: prologue | hymnal harmonization (Elvey) | SATB a cappella | bridge | descant
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The first publication of Diademata by George Elvey (1816-1893) was in the 1868 Appendix to Hymns Ancient and Modern. The tune has from the beginning been associated with the text, "Crown him with many crowns," a composite of stanzas by Matthew Bridges (1851) and Godfrey Thring (1874), based on a verse from Revelation: "on his head are many crowns." Each wrote six verses, the latter out of concern that Bridge's "The song of the seraphs" was too close to Roman doctrine – perhaps not without justification; Bridges eventually left the Church of England to become a Roman Catholic. Personally? I'd be happy to sing all twelve! (See the links below.) The name Diademata derives from the Greek word for "crowns."



Extended version includes:
Two instrumental passages
SATB (alternate harmonization)
Harmonized descant
Bulletin insert

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