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NEARER, MY GOD, TO THEE - arrangement by Fred Carrilho [TITANIC FAREWELL SONG]

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This piece is originally composed as a hymn.

The lyrics were composed by Saram Flower Adams and the music according recorded on the video, were composed by Lowell Mason.

The arrangement recording by Frederick Carrilho is a part of most recent CD by him.

Below there is a brief historical text about music.

"Nearer, My God, to Thee" is a XIX century Christian hymn by Sarah Flower Adams, based loosely on Genesis 28:11--19, the story of Jacob's dream. Genesis 28:11--12 can be translated as follows: "So he came to a certain place and stayed there all night, because the sun had set. And he took one of the stones of that place and put it at his head, and he lay down in that place to sleep. Then he dreamed, and behold, a ladder was set up on the earth, and its top reached to heaven; and there the angels of God were ascending and descending on it..."

The verse was written by the English poet and Unitarian hymn writer Sarah Flower Adams (1805--1848) at her home in Sunnybank, Loughton, Essex, England, in 1841. It was first set to music by Adams's sister, the composer Eliza Flower, for William Johnson Fox's collection Hymns and Anthems.

In the United Kingdom, the hymn is usually associated with the 1861 hymn tune "Horbury" by John Bacchus Dykes, named for a village near Wakefield, England, where Dykes had found "peace and comfort". In the rest of the world, the hymn is usually sung to the 1856 tune "Bethany" by Lowell Mason. Methodists prefer the tune "Propior Deo" (Nearer to God), written by Arthur Sullivan (of Gilbert and Sullivan) in 1872.

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