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Aberystwyth (hymn tune)

"Aberystwyth" is a hymn tune composed by Joseph Parry, written in 1876 and first published in 1879 in Edward Stephen's Ail Lyfr Tonau ac Emynau (Welsh for "Second Book of Tunes and Hymns").[1][2] Parry was at the time the first professor and head of the new department of music at the recently founded University College Wales, Aberystwyth, now called Aberystwyth University.

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HistoryEdit

The tune "Aberystwyth" has been the most popular setting for Charles Wesley's hymn "Jesus, Lover of My Soul".[3]

LegacyEdit

In 1897 Enoch Sontonga composed the hymn Nkosi Sikelel' iAfrika ("Lord Bless Africa" in Xhosa), setting it to a melody based on the music of Aberystwyth.[4] The song became a pan-African liberation anthem and the tune is currently the setting of the national anthems of Tanzania and Zambia and since 1994, a portion of the national anthem of South Africa.

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Music
  2. ^ Let the People Sing: Hymn Tunes in Perspective, Paul Westermeyer, page 217
  3. ^ Hymnary.org
  4. ^ "An Anthem To Ignorance – The Case of Nkosi Sikelel' iAfrika". The Anton Mostert Chair of Intellectual Property [Stellenbosch University]. 18 June 2012. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 4 March 2016.