I never really consider myself much of a song writer or composer of vocal music, but this song has been one of my most popular compositions.
It was originally written as a worship song and we used it in worship for many years. Eventually it was recorded in this great recording by the Chancellors Quartet and by a few others including a traditional Celtic ensemble from Ireland.
St. Patrick's Breastplate is a prayer giving thanks and recognizing God's protection, provision, and sufficiency. I enjoy hearing stories how the song has been an encouragement to people in times of challenge.
There is a PDF copy available to download here. If you use it, please let me know and share a recording or video if you have one.
John Field is best known as the "father of the nocturne." Whether or not he really did write the first Nocturnes, he wrote some beautiful music and was a highly regarded musician influencing many major composers including Chopin, Brahms, Schumann, and Liszt.
This is fine Romanticism piano in which you can hear the Classical Era influence looking forward to the future and easily see how it influenced the creation of the more familiar piano works by other composers. The patterned and sonorous LH with the emotional and very melodic RH singing above. There is a lot of room for expression.
Field was born in Dublin in 1782--an Irish composer for our March feature! There is a lot of music in this recording. Let it play for awhile and enjoy these beautiful Nocturnes.