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Gibbons, Orlando (1583-1625)  

Orlando Gibbons

born: 1583
died: 5 June 1625
country: United Kingdom

Orlando Gibbons (1583–1625) is one of the giants of early church music. He sang in the choir of King’s College Cambridge, between 1596 and 1598 at the same time that his brother Edward was Master of the Choristers. He became a student at the University in 1599 and by 1603 was singing in the Chapel Royal during the reign of James I. In 1615 he was an organist there; by 1625 he had become the main organist (his assistant being Thomas Tomkins) and was listed as such at the funeral of James I in the same year. He was also noted as being organist at Westminster Abbey, having succeeded Robert Parsons in 1623.

On 1 May 1625 Charles I married Henrietta Maria by proxy – this had happened in Paris and the King had been in London. Once married, Henrietta set sail for England with four thousand courtiers and servants. Charles, not wishing to appear to meet her on anything less than an equal footing, moved his whole court to Canterbury where they were to meet. This included all the choir, vestments, books and ornaments from the Chapel Royal. Whilst waiting for Henrietta and Charles to arrive back from Dover, Gibbons died of an apoplectic seizure. His death is recorded in the Chapel Royal cheque-book as follows: ‘Mr Orlando Gibbons organist, died the 5th of June, being then Whitsunday at Canterbury, while the King was then to receive Queen Mary, who was then to come out of France and Thomas Warwick was sworn in his place organist the first day of July following’. Gibbons was buried in Canterbury Cathedral the next day. It was rumoured that he had died of the plague – a story denied by the doctors, but which was quite likely, the denial probably being to protect the retinue from desertion in the face of a major state event.

from notes by William McVicker 2005

Albums
'Gibbons & Lupo: Music for Prince Charles' (CDA66395)
Gibbons & Lupo: Music for Prince Charles
'Gibbons: Anthems' (CDH55228)
Gibbons: Anthems
MP3 £4.99FLAC £4.99ALAC £4.99Buy by post £5.50 CDH55228  Helios (Hyperion's budget label)  
'Advent at St Paul's' (CDH55463)
Advent at St Paul's
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'English Virginal Music of the 17th Century' (CDA66067)
English Virginal Music of the 17th Century
'Lupo & Gibbons: Music for Prince Charles' (CDA66395)
Lupo & Gibbons: Music for Prince Charles
'Music from the reign of King James I' (CDA67858)
Music from the reign of King James I
'Passiontide at St Paul's' (CDH55436)
Passiontide at St Paul's
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'Rejoice, the Lord is king!' (CDA68013)
Rejoice, the Lord is king!
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'The Coronation of King George II' (CDA67286)
The Coronation of King George II
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'The English Anthem, Vol. 4' (CDA66678)
The English Anthem, Vol. 4
'The English Anthem, Vol. 8' (CDA67483)
The English Anthem, Vol. 8
'The English Hymn, Vol. 3 – Hills of the north, rejoice' (CDP12103)
The English Hymn, Vol. 3 – Hills of the north, rejoice
On other labels
'English Madrigals' (GIMSE403)
English Madrigals
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'Harriet Cohen – The complete solo studio recordings' (APR7304)
Harriet Cohen – The complete solo studio recordings
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Complete works available for download
Ah dear heart The Tallis Scholars, Peter Phillips (conductor)
Almighty and everlasting God Westminster Abbey Choir, James O'Donnell (conductor)
Ayre – Alman – Toy – Coranto – Mr Sanders His Delight Harriet Cohen (piano)
Behold, thou hast made my days Winchester Cathedral Choir, David Hill (conductor), Robin Blaze (countertenor), Sarah Baldock (organ)
Blessed are all they that fear the Lord Winchester Cathedral Choir, David Hill (conductor), Stephen Farr (organ), Robin Blaze (countertenor), Stephen Varcoe (baritone)
Fancy in C fa ut Robert Quinney (organ)
Fancy in Gamutt flatt Robert Quinney (organ)
Fantasias a 4 'for the great double bass' The Parley of Instruments, Peter Holman (conductor)
Fantazia of foure parts Robert Quinney (organ)
Fantazia of foure parts Stephen Farr (organ)
Glorious and powerful God Winchester Cathedral Choir, David Hill (conductor), Robin Blaze (countertenor), Stephen Varcoe (baritone), Stephen Farr (organ)
Great king of gods Winchester Cathedral Choir, David Hill (conductor), Stephen Farr (organ), Donald Sweeney (bass), Nicholas Pepin (countertenor), Thomas King (countertenor)
Great king of gods Westminster Abbey Choir, James O'Donnell (conductor)
Great Lord of Lords St Paul's Cathedral Choir, John Scott (conductor), Huw Williams (organ)
Hosanna to the Son of David Winchester Cathedral Choir, David Hill (conductor)
Hosanna to the Son of David Westminster Abbey Choir, James O'Donnell (conductor)
Hymn Tune Prelude on Song 13 Harriet Cohen (piano)
If ye be risen again with Christ Winchester Cathedral Choir, David Hill (conductor), Stephen Farr (organ), Harry Oulton (treble), Benjamin Walton (treble), Richard Childress (countertenor)
Jesu, grant me this, I pray St Paul's Cathedral Choir, John Scott (conductor)
O all true faithful hearts Westminster Abbey Choir, James O'Donnell (conductor)
O clap your hands Winchester Cathedral Choir, David Hill (conductor)
O clap your hands Westminster Abbey Choir, James O'Donnell (conductor)
O God, the King of Glory Winchester Cathedral Choir, David Hill (conductor), Stephen Farr (organ)
O Lord, in thy wrath rebuke me not Winchester Cathedral Choir, David Hill (conductor)
O Lord, in thy wrath rebuke me not Westminster Abbey Choir, James O'Donnell (conductor)
Preludium Robert Quinney (organ)
Second Service Winchester Cathedral Choir, David Hill (conductor), Stephen Farr (organ)
See, see, the Word is incarnate Westminster Abbey Choir, James O'Donnell (conductor)
Sing unto the Lord Winchester Cathedral Choir, David Hill (conductor), Robin Blaze (countertenor), Stephen Varcoe (baritone), Stephen Farr (organ), Donald Sweeney (bass), Nicholas Pepin (countertenor)
Song 22 Westminster Abbey Choir, James O'Donnell (conductor), Robert Quinney (organ)
The Queen's Command Christopher Kite (virginals)
The silver swan The Tallis Scholars, Peter Phillips (conductor)
This is the record of John Robin Blaze (countertenor), Winchester Cathedral Choir, David Hill (conductor), Sarah Baldock (organ)
This is the record of John St Paul's Cathedral Choir, John Scott (conductor), Christopher Royall (countertenor)
Thou God of wisdom Winchester Cathedral Choir, David Hill (conductor), Stephen Farr (organ), Jack Standen (treble), Benjamin Walton (treble)
Alphabetical listing of all musical works
Ah dear heart (Gibbons)
Almighty and everlasting God (Gibbons)
Ayre – Alman – Toy – Coranto – Mr Sanders His Delight (Gibbons)
Behold, thou hast made my days (Gibbons)
Blessed are all they that fear the Lord (Gibbons)
Drop, drop, slow tears  Strain 1 of Song 46 (Gibbons)
Fancy in C fa ut (Gibbons)
Fancy in Gamutt flatt (Gibbons)
Fantasias a 3 (Gibbons)
Fantasias a 3 'for great double bass' (Gibbons)
Fantasias a 4 'for the great double bass' (Gibbons)
Fantazia of foure parts (Gibbons)
Glorious and powerful God (Gibbons)
Great king of gods (Gibbons)
Great Lord of Lords (Gibbons)
Hosanna to the Son of David (Gibbons)
Hymn Tune Prelude on Song 13 (Gibbons/Vaughan Williams)
If ye be risen again with Christ (Gibbons)
Jesu, grant me this, I pray (Gibbons/Bairstow)
Love of the Father  First line to Song 22 (Gibbons/Quinney)
Magnificat  Evening Canticle 1 of Second Service (Gibbons)
Nunc dimittis  Evening Canticle 2 of Second Service (Gibbons)
O all true faithful hearts (Gibbons)
O clap your hands (Gibbons)
O God, the King of Glory (Gibbons)
O Lord, in thy wrath rebuke me not (Gibbons)
Preludium (Gibbons)
Second Service (Gibbons)
See, see, the Word is incarnate (Gibbons)
Sing unto the Lord (Gibbons)
Song 22 (Gibbons/Quinney)
Song 46 (Gibbons)
Te Deum  Morning Canticle of Second Service (Gibbons)
The Queen's Command (Gibbons)
The silver swan (Gibbons)
This is the record of John (Gibbons)
Thou God of wisdom (Gibbons)
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