Charles Villiers Stanford (1852-1924) was born in Dublin and attended Queen’s College Cambridge on an organ scholarship. In 1882 he helped to found the Royal College of Music in London, where he taught composition for the rest of his life. Among his students were Arthur Bliss, John Ireland, Samuel Coleridge Taylor, Gustav Holst , George Butterworth, Frank Bridge, and Ralph Vaughan Williams. Although Stanford composed music in many genres, he is best remembered for his sacred choral music. Beati quorum Via, a choral setting of Psalm 119:1, is the last of Stanford’s Three Latin Motets, published in 1905.
Beati quorum via integra est, qui ambulant in lege Domini.
Blessed are the undefiled in the way, who walk in the law of the Lord.