“How Great Thou Art” is a Christian hymn based on a Swedish traditional melody and a poem written by Carl Gustav Boberg (1859–1940) in Mönsterås, Sweden in 1885. It was translated into German and then into Russian and became a hymn. It was translated into English from the Russian by English missionary Stuart K. Hine, who also added two original verses
of his own. The composition was set to a Russian melody.
“How Great Thou Art” was ranked second (after “Amazing Grace”) on a list of the favourite hymns of all time in a survey by Today’s Christian magazine in 2001. Notably, all English versions (a Johnny Cash live performance excluded) are in a slow, partly almost reciting manner, totally different from the uptempo style of the Swedish original.
The Maori version, “Whakaria mai”, was originally sung at the Royal Command Performance in 1981 upon the occasion of the visit of Queen Elizabeth II to New Zealand. It was subsequently popularised by Maori entertainer Howard Morrison, who released it as a single in 1982, where it spent six months in the New Zealand national charts, and five weeks in the number one position. The Maori version was also sung by Lizzie Marvelly at the memorial service of New Zealand rugby legend Jonah Lomu.
— Source: Wikipedia
This version of “How great thou art / Whakaria Mai” is arranged by Jon Gorrie for Aalesunds Mandssangforening.
How great thou art / Whakaria Mai.
Language: English, Maori
Voicing: TTBB + baritone solo
Length: 4 ½ minutes
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