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Richard R. Chope › Texts

Short Name: Richard R. Chope
Full Name: Chope, R. R. (Richard Robert), 1830-1928
Birth Year: 1830
Death Year: 1928

Chope, Richard Robert, M.A., born Sept. 21, 1830, educated at Exeter College, Oxford, B.A., 1855, and took Holy Orders as Curate of Stapleton, 1856. During his residence at Stapleton the necessities of the Choir led him to plan his Congregational Hymn and Tune Book, published in 1857. In 1858 he took the Curacy of Sherborne, Dorset; in the following year that of Upton Scudamore, where he undertook the training of the Chorus of the Warminster district for the first Choral Festival in Salisbury Cathedral; and in 1861 that of Brompton. The enlarged edition of The Congregational Hymn Book was published 1862, and The Canticles, Psalter, &c, of the Prayer Book, Noted and Pointed, during the same year. In 1865 he was preferred to the parish of St. Augustine's, Queen's Gate, South Kensington, and subsequently published Carols for Use in Church during Christmas and Epiphany, 1875; Carols for Easier and Other Tides, 1887; and other works. Mr. Chope has been one of the leaders in the revival and reform of Church Music as adapted to the Public Services. He was one of the originators of The Choir and Musical Record, and was for some time the proprietor and assistant editor of the Literary Churchman.

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)

Texts by Richard R. Chope (14)AsAuthority LanguagesInstancessort descending
Christ is risen, lift the song of our Easter gladnessR. R. Chope (Author)English1
Hark! bright Angels sweetly singR. R. Chope (Author)English1
Let us now go to BethlehemRichard Robert Chope (Author)1
Upon the snow clad earth withoutRichard R. Chope (Author)English1
God's dear Son without beginningRichard R. Chope (Author)English2
Hark! the full-voiced choir is singingRichard R. Chope (Author)English2
I love to hear sweet voices singRichard R. Chope (Author)English2
Merrily the Easter bellsR. R. Chope (Author)English2
This day a child is bornRichard R. Chope (Author)English2
Wakaŋtaŋka Ate Kiŋ He yataŋpi yeR. R. Chope (Alterer)Dakota2
Bright angel hosts are heard on highR. R. Chope (Author)English3
The wise men saw a light afar R. R. Chope (Author)English3
Stars all bright are beamingRichard R. Chope (1830- ) (Author)English23
Ye holy angels brightR. R. Chope (Author)English23
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