Religious Victorian Ballad Sounds Beautiful On Pan Flute
Kristin Danley 10/5/2018
At the tender age of six, talented musician David Doring could already play the violin. This native of Kazakhstan was a mere 12 years old when he first listed to Edward Simoni and quickly became addicted to playing the pan flute.
No one was available to teach him how to play this unique instrument, so he set out to teach himself. Today, he is one of the top pan flute musicians in the world.
The lyrics are exquisite, too. They describe The Holy City as it once was long ago.
"Last night I lay a-sleeping there came a dream so fair. I stood in old Jerusalem beside the temple there. I heard the children singing, and ever as they sang, methought the voice of angels from heaven in answer rang. Methought the voice of angels from heaven in answer rang. Jerusalem! Jerusalem! Lift up your gates and sing, Hosanna in the highest! Hosanna to your King!"
David's pan flute is comprised of tubes typically made of bamboo or reeds. It's most commonly used to play folk music.
This song, though isn't a piece of folk music. It's a religious Victorian ballad dating back to 1892.
It was officially recorded in the African Methodist Episcopal Church Review in 1911. It supposedly was sung by an opera singer awaiting trial for fraud in his cell.