I Was Glad When They Said Unto Me, Kate Middleton’s wedding processional, is available for immediate download. Do you remember any of the music from the royal wedding (Prince William and Kate Middleton)? Perhaps you’ll recognize the opening strains of the regal brass fanfare, with strings, percussion, pianoforte, and massive pipe organ filling out this triumphant arrangement.
The initial shortened version of “I Was Glad When They Said Unto Me” we offered is short (just under one minute) for small to medium size churches (or brides who walk quickly!). This is a medium length version lasting a bit under 3 minutes. This may be perfect if you wish to have bridesmaids and bride walk to this instant classic. If you’ll need it, an extended version – say between 3 and 5 minutes long, may be released soon. Kate Middleton’s Royal Wedding version was more than 6 minutes long, a bit impractical for most weddings, unless you have a generous number of bridesmaids and groomsmen, or your wedding will be held in a Cathedral similar to Westminster.
What an breathtaking experience to hear the noble strains of this wedding processional while taking in the awesome splendor of the Westminster Abbey! That is a moment I shall not soon forget.
Charles Huber Hasting Parry, the composer of “I Was Glad When They Said Unto Me“, was a British composer from the late 19th into the early 20th century. Prior to the royal wedding of Kate Middleton and Prince William, he was best known for his choral works “Jerusalem” (also included in the royal ceremony), and a setting for the lyrics of “Dear Lord And Father Of Mankind” called “Repton.”
His primary influences as a writer were J.S. Bach and Johannes Brahms. He was an educator and then administrator, and as such his compositional output was not as voluminous as many would have liked for a composer of his talent and creativity.
Among his students at the Royal College of Music were Gustav Holst (composer of the “The Planets”, an ambitious and exhilarating musical offering ) and Ralph Vaughan Williams.
Time will tell if “I Was Glad When They Said Unto Me” will be his greatest legacy, or if in a decade it will be all but forgotten as the bridal processional for the princess formerly known as Kate Middleton, the commoner.