Simon & Garfunkel

Benedictus

Composed by Art Garfunkel / Paul Simon / Traditional

Song Review by

One of the earliest Simon & Garfunkel collaborations, "Benedicts" dates back to spring of 1964, when Arthur Garfunkel was a college student. One of the courses he took was on 16th century music, and following some library research he came up with the idea of updating this classic Latin hymn. Almost a cappella in style (with just a few guitar chord flourishes), it's a wonderfully intricate two-part harmony reading. The syncopated style achieved on this arrangement would later be revisited by the duo, specifically on "Scarborough Fair." The song was originally arranged by an Italian, Orlando de Lasso.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Wednesday Morning, 3 AM 1964 Sbme Special Mkts. 2:41
Collected Works 1981 Columbia 2:41
No Image 1994 VigoTone
Old Friends 1997 Legacy / Sony Music Distribution 2:39
The Very Best of Simon & Garfunkel: Tales from New York 2000 Columbia 2:39
The Columbia Studio Recordings, 1964-1970 2001 Columbia Records / Legacy Recordings / Sony Music Distribution 2:41
Live from New York City, 1967 2002 Sony Music Distribution
The Complete Albums Collection 2014 Sony Legacy 2:55
The Complete Columbia Albums Collection 2015 Columbia / Sony Legacy
blue highlight denotes editor's pick