As I prepare to record All Things Bright And Beautiful for our wedding hymns album, I find that there are a myriad of musical settings for this lyric originally penned by Cecil Frances Alexander and published in 1848. The most common I suppose is the Old English tune from the 17th century that shows up most often in recordings. However, I’m sure that among the visitors to our site, there are many and varied tunes you might expect to hear for this hymn.
I believe this would be a compelling piece if recorded with one of the less common woodwind instruments – perhaps penny whistle, or recorder, or some other ethnic flute-type instrument. Tobin Wingard is a very talented and creative musician who plays all of these instruments and many more, and I expect that within a week or two you can hear our rendition of this song with Tobin supplying the solos.
There is no end to the style and makeup of the vocal ensembles and soloists that have performed and recorded this popular wedding hymn. I’ve heard a very nice version with children singing, a number of different choirs, and some very enjoyable soloists renditions, some sounding like old time troubadors, others more like contemporary songsmiths.