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Layriz, Friedrich (30th January 1808-1859)

He was a composer born in Nemmersdorf, Bavaria, Germany, who studied at Erlangen followed by Leipzig and after leaving education he became a pastor and held posts in Hirschlag, St. Georgen and Sehwingen during the period 1837 to 1842.  As a composer he was known to have been an advocate of the German rhythmical choral restoration and his works include Kern de deutschen Kirchenlieds von Luther bis auf Gellert and Die Liturgie eines vollstondingen.  He is also known to have written the tune for the hymn  “Einst ist Not” (One Thing’s Needful) and translated the carol  “Es ist eine Rose esprungen” (Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming).

Es ist ein Ros entsprungen/Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming recordings
Leroy Anderson and His Orchestra
Decca B0003552-02 (CD: A Leroy Anderson Christmas)

Cambridge Singers and City of London Sinfonia
(listed as “A Spotless Rose”)
Collegium 106 (CD: Christmas Night. Carols of The Nativity)
Conductor – John Rutter

Chicago Symphony Low Brass Ensemble
VOX 7501 (CD: Christmas with the Symphony Brass of Chicago)
Conductor – Barry Faldner

Robert Shaw Chorale 
RCA 6429 – 2 – RG (CD: A Festival of Carols)
(Arrangers – Robert Shaw/Alice Parker)