History of Hymns investigates the inception and evolution of the hymns of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The episodes include the history and progression of both the music and the text and feature interesting stories surrounding the creators and others involved in the development of a hymn. Also included are stories surrounding the performance or inclusion of the hymn in a variety of settings.
The history behind "Lead, Kindly Light"The words were written by John Henry Newman, who was raised in an ordinary Church of England home but later converted and became an Anglican minister. John Bacchus Dykes wrote the tune to which we sing "Lead, Kindly Light" specifically for John Henry Newman's words. The tune name, LUX BENIGNA, is Latin for "kindly light." Dykes was a distinguished Cambridge student and was cofounder of the Cambridge University Musical Society. He published sermons and articles on religion but is best known as a composer of over 300 hymn tunes. This program features contemporary renditions of this hymn from such artists as the following: Lex de Azevedo, "London Philharmonic Orchestra" series and the Variations on a Sacred Theme Volume 1; the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and the Orchestra at Temple Square (Album: Then Sings My Soul); Brigham Young University Young Ambassadors (Album: The Lord Is My Light); Michael Dowdle (Album: Fifty Favorite Hymns); Kurt Bestor (Album: Music for a Sunday Afternoon); Reid Nibley (Album: Twelve Hymn Preludes)