Our Processional Sampler album, “Brides and Bridesmaids (Classic and Contemporary Favorites)”, includes three hymns – All Creatures of Our God and King, For The Beauty Of The Earth, and Joyful Joyful We Adore Thee. In one sense these choices are arbitrary – there are dozens of others that some would consider appropriate for a processional – and rightly so. As such, we may include a few more hymns on future versions of this album. However, for the present, these are 3 familiar and fitting hymns for consideration as processionals.
The words of the hymn under present consideration were originally written by St. Francis of Assisi; the version most of us are familiar with is a paraphrase of his original lyric by William Draper from sometime in the early 1900′s, set to a German hymn tune from the 17th century. Interestingly, the impetus for Draper’s setting was a children’s choral festival. This may be the first literary work to have been written in Italian.
In the original lyric, St. Francis personifies the sun, moon, stars, wind and air; he also often referred to animals as brothers and sisters, and refers to our planet as “sister earth”.
Our arrangement of “All Creatures Of Our God and King” features acoustic piano, pipe organ, brass and percussion.