English Language Bible Translations have inspired countless Composers throughout History.
As many of these works now lie in the public domain, it is the intention of The King James Bible Trust to make a series of these available so they might be downloaded, sung, copied and enjoyed by anyone wishing to do so.
The first in the series is "If ye love me" by Thomas Tallis. Tallis died in 1585, before the commissioning of the KJV. Here, he uses the earlier translation by William Tyndale. 80% of Tyndale's gospel translation was later incorporated into the KJV - like this passage from John.
When David Heard
Here Tomkins provides what is perhaps the best known setting of "When David Heard" based on 2 Samuel 18:33.
"And the king was much moved, and went up to the chamber over the gate, and wept: and as he went, thus he said, O my son Absalom, my son, my son Absalom! would God I had died for thee, O Absalom, my son, my son!"
This is the Record of John
Orlando Gibbons was born in Oxford in 1583 and attended King's College, Cambridge to study music and sing in the chapel choir. King James later made him a Gentleman and later organist of the Chapel Royal.
This is the Record of John is a setting for solo voice and chorus making use of text from John 1:19 - 23.
Greater Love Hath No Man
Often sung at services around the country around Remembrance Day , this motet by John Ireland is a setting of John 15:13
I Was Glad
Sung at coronations and other celebrations. Parry sets text from Psalms 122