How Lovely Is Thy Dwelling Place (Wie lieblich sind deine Wohnungen)
Christian Ignatius Latrobe
Text: Psalm 84:1-3
Edited and translated by David Blum
Choral Anthem SATB with organ or piano / Soprano and Tenor solos
Christian Ignatius LaTrobe (1758-1836) was born on February 12, 1758, in Fulneck, England, and was the son of an English Moravian minister, Benjamin H. LaTrobe, Sr., and an American mother, Margaret Antes LaTrobe, the sister of John Antes. LaTrobe was educated in Moravian schools in Germany from 1771 to 1778, where he received sound advice on how to play an organ in church from Bishop August Spangenberg. After teaching at the Moravian school at Niesky from 1779 to 1784, he returned to London and served many years as an administrator of Moravian mission work. He was acquainted with Haydn and other leading musicians of the day and was the only Moravian composer to receive wide recognition outside the church during his lifetime. He retired at Fairfield (near Manchester), England, in 1834, where he died on May 6, 1836.
How Lovely Is Thy Dwelling Place was edited from manuscript copies in the Salem Congregation Collection. The work is originally scored for 2 flutes, 2 horns, strings and organ. Full score and parts are available from the Moravian Music Foundation.
The funding for this publication was provided by the Moravian Music Foundation Board of Trustees.