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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
CDA66395Archive Service
Gibbons: Anthems
CDH55228Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
Gibbons: Consorts for viols
BKD486Download only
Hyperion monthly sampler – November 2014
FREE DOWNLOADHYP201411Download-only monthly sampler NEW
A Song of Farewell
Studio Master: SIGCD281Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
Advent at St Paul's
CDH55463Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
English Madrigals
GIMSE403Gimell (budget price)
English Virginal Music of the 17th Century
CDA66067Archive Service
Harriet Cohen – The complete solo studio recordings
APR7304Download only
Lupo & Gibbons: Music for Prince Charles
CDA66395Archive Service
Music from the reign of King James I
CDA67858
Passiontide at St Paul's
CDH55436Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
Rejoice, the Lord is king!
Studio Master: CDA68013Best of 2014Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
The Coronation of King George II
CDA672862CDs for the price of 1 — Archive Service
The English Anthem, Vol. 4
CDA66678Archive Service
The English Anthem, Vol. 8
CDA67483
The English Hymn, Vol. 3 – Hills of the north, rejoice
CDP12103

Complete works available for download

Ah dear heartThe Tallis Scholars, Peter Phillips (conductor)
Almighty and everlasting GodWestminster Abbey Choir, James O'Donnell (conductor)
Ayre – Alman – Toy – Coranto – Mr Sanders His DelightHarriet Cohen (piano)
Behold, thou hast made my daysWinchester Cathedral Choir, David Hill (conductor), Robin Blaze (countertenor), Sarah Baldock (organ)
Blessed are all they that fear the LordWinchester Cathedral Choir, David Hill (conductor), Stephen Farr (organ), Robin Blaze (countertenor), Stephen Varcoe (baritone)
Fancy in C fa utRobert Quinney (organ)
Fancy in Gamutt flattRobert Quinney (organ)
Fantasia a 4Phantasm
Fantasia a 6 No 1Phantasm
Fantasia a 6 No 2Phantasm
Fantasia a 6 No 3Phantasm
Fantasia a 6 No 4Phantasm
Fantasia a 6 No 5Phantasm
Fantasia a 6 No 6Phantasm
Fantasias a 4 'for the great double bass'The Parley of Instruments, Peter Holman (conductor)
Fantasy a 3 No 1Phantasm
Fantasy a 3 No 2Phantasm
Fantasy a 3 No 3Phantasm
Fantasy a 3 No 4Phantasm
Fantazia of foure partsRobert Quinney (organ)
Fantazia of foure partsStephen Farr (organ)
Galliard a 6Phantasm
Glorious and powerful GodWinchester Cathedral Choir, David Hill (conductor), Robin Blaze (countertenor), Stephen Varcoe (baritone), Stephen Farr (organ)
Go from my windowPhantasm
Great king of godsWinchester Cathedral Choir, David Hill (conductor), Stephen Farr (organ), Donald Sweeney (bass), Nicholas Pepin (countertenor), Thomas King (countertenor)
Great king of godsWestminster Abbey Choir, James O'Donnell (conductor)
Great Lord of LordsSt Paul's Cathedral Choir, John Scott (conductor), Huw Williams (organ)
Hosanna to the Son of DavidPhantasm
Hosanna to the Son of DavidWinchester Cathedral Choir, David Hill (conductor)
Hosanna to the Son of DavidWestminster Abbey Choir, James O'Donnell (conductor)
Hymn Tune Prelude on Song 13Harriet Cohen (piano)
If ye be risen again with ChristWinchester Cathedral Choir, David Hill (conductor), Stephen Farr (organ), Harry Oulton (treble), Benjamin Walton (treble), Richard Childress (countertenor)
In nomine a 5 No 1Phantasm
In nomine a 5 No 2Phantasm
Jesu, grant me this, I praySt Paul's Cathedral Choir, John Scott (conductor)
O all true faithful heartsWestminster Abbey Choir, James O'Donnell (conductor)
O clap your handsWinchester Cathedral Choir, David Hill (conductor)
O clap your handsWestminster Abbey Choir, James O'Donnell (conductor)
O God, the King of GloryWinchester Cathedral Choir, David Hill (conductor), Stephen Farr (organ)
O Lord, in thy wrath rebuke me notWinchester Cathedral Choir, David Hill (conductor)
O Lord, in thy wrath rebuke me notWestminster Abbey Choir, James O'Donnell (conductor)
O Lord, in thy wrath rebuke me notPhantasm
Pavan a 6Phantasm
Pavan 'Lord Salisbury'Phantasm
Peascod time 'The hunt's up'Phantasm
PreludiumRobert Quinney (organ)
Second ServiceWinchester Cathedral Choir, David Hill (conductor), Stephen Farr (organ)
See, see, the Word is incarnateWestminster Abbey Choir, James O'Donnell (conductor)
Sing unto the LordWinchester Cathedral Choir, David Hill (conductor), Robin Blaze (countertenor), Stephen Varcoe (baritone), Stephen Farr (organ), Donald Sweeney (bass), Nicholas Pepin (countertenor)
Song 22Westminster Abbey Choir, James O'Donnell (conductor), Robert Quinney (organ)
The Queen's CommandChristopher Kite (virginals)
The silver swanThe Tallis Scholars, Peter Phillips (conductor)
The silver swanPhantasm
This is the record of JohnRobin Blaze (countertenor), Winchester Cathedral Choir, David Hill (conductor), Sarah Baldock (organ)
This is the record of JohnSt Paul's Cathedral Choir, John Scott (conductor), Christopher Royall (countertenor)
Thou God of wisdomWinchester 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  
Fancy in C fa ut (Gibbons)
Fancy in Gamutt flatt (Gibbons)
Fantasia a 4 (Gibbons)
Fantasia a 6 No 1 (Gibbons)
Fantasia a 6 No 2 (Gibbons)
Fantasia a 6 No 3 (Gibbons)
Fantasia a 6 No 4 (Gibbons)
Fantasia a 6 No 5 (Gibbons)
Fantasia a 6 No 6 (Gibbons)
Fantasias a 3 (Gibbons)
Fantasias a 3 'for great double bass' (Gibbons)
Fantasias a 4 'for the great double bass' (Gibbons)
Fantasy a 3 No 1 (Gibbons)
Fantasy a 3 No 2 (Gibbons)
Fantasy a 3 No 3 (Gibbons)
Fantasy a 3 No 4 (Gibbons)
Fantazia of foure parts (Gibbons)
Galliard a 6 (Gibbons)
Glorious and powerful God (Gibbons)
Go from my window (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)
In nomine a 5 No 1 (Gibbons)
In nomine a 5 No 2 (Gibbons)
Jesu, grant me this, I pray (Gibbons/Bairstow)
Love of the Father  
Magnificat  
Nunc dimittis  
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)
Pavan a 6 (Gibbons)
Pavan 'Lord Salisbury' (Gibbons)
Peascod time 'The hunt's up' (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)
Song 46 (Gibbons/Dearmer)
Te Deum  
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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