For the music of creation

For the music of creation. Shirley Erena Murray* (1931-2020). Written in 1988 as a contribution to a Festival of Praise celebrating the Arts at an ecumenical event at the Civic Centre in Shirley Murray’s then home town, Wellington. It was first published in Murray’s collection, In Every Corner, Sing: The Hymns of Shirley Erena Murray (1992) set to her preferred tune RUSTINGTON by C.H.H. Parry* (1848-1918). It has since been included in New Zealand, Canadian and North American hymnals such as Alleluia Aotearoa (1993), VU and Worship and Rejoice (2001). A musician’s hymn by virtue of its theme, it has attracted many settings, among them music by New Zealand composers Douglas Mews and Colin...

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