Tune of the Day: The Holy City
This popular sacred ballad, originally written for choir and orchestra, was composed in 1892 by Michael Maybrick, an English composer and singer. Maybrick originated his career in light opera, but ultimately switched to singing ballad concerts in public halls throughout the United Kingdom and America. Although he retained his true name as a performer, for published compositions he adopted the name Stephen Adams. Maybrick/Adams hit his stride through a collaboration with lyricist Frederick E. Weatherly, a well-known London barrister who is sometimes credited for the lyrics to the song “Danny Boy”. Adams and Weatherly were the Lennon and McCartney of 1880s Britain, producing a string of popular songs including the well-loved “The Holy City”.
Thanks to Heidi for suggesting this piece!