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Ouseley became Professor of Music at Oxford University in 1855 and was an influential scholar in his day, editing the sacred works of Gibbons and making a study of Spanish musical treatises. As a composer he wrote relatively little, although several of his anthems are still regularly performed today. He eschewed secular influences in music at a time when organists ‘inflict upon the congregation long voluntaries, interludes, &c. which consist either of his own vulgar imagination, or selections from the last new opera’ (Sutton). Ouseley commented on the use of secular melodies in Hymn tunes as follows: ‘How can they result in aught but the disgust and discouragement of all musical churchmen, the misleading of the unlearned, the abasement of sacred song, the falsification of public taste, and (last, but not least) the dishonour of our God and his worship?’ Both at Oxford and at St Michael’s College, Tenbury, Ouseley’s musical style and views on liturgy influenced many Victorian church musicians—including Stainer, whom he invited to Tenbury to become organist there in 1857.
from notes by William McVicker © 2002
|Epiphany at St Paul's|
Hyperion’s series of St Paul’s recordings is graced by an addition dedicated to music for Epiphany. The programme embraces music from the sixteenth to the twentieth century, from Bach to Bingham, and includes many long-established favourites by We ...» More
|Psalms from St Paul's, Vol. 11 119, 136-138|
'The singing is of the same high standard maintained throughout the series; the organ accompaniments are distinguished' (Gramophone)
'Sing, rejoice and give thanks! – for with these two volumes this memorable series is complete' (Organists' Review)» More
|Psalms from St Paul's, Vol. 6 69-78|
|Psalms from St Paul's, Vol. 9 105-113|
'There is no doubt that this is first-rate chanting by one of the finest choirs in England' (American Record Guide)» More
|The English Anthem, Vol. 2|
'Spellbinding performances of some of the great classics of the repertoire. Buy this one; you'll enjoy every moment' (Organists' Review)» More
|The Psalms of David|
'Will surely remain unique for many decades' (Gramophone)
'All Old Testament life is here … how useful to be able to hold such a big chunk of English culture in a box five inches square' (The Times)» More
|From the rising of the sunSt Paul's Cathedral Choir, John Scott (conductor), Huw Williams (organ)» More|
|O saviour of the worldSt Paul's Cathedral Choir, John Scott (conductor)» More|
|Psalm 105 'Confitemini Domino'St Paul's Cathedral Choir, John Scott (conductor), Huw Williams (organ)» More|
|Psalm 119: 105-112 'Lucerna pedibus meis'St Paul's Cathedral Choir, John Scott (conductor), Huw Williams (organ)» More|
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|Psalm 73 'Quam bonus Israel!'St Paul's Cathedral Choir, John Scott (conductor), Andrew Lucas (organ)» More|
|From the rising of the sun (Ouseley)|
|O give thanks unto the Lord and call upon his Name|
|O saviour of the world (Ouseley)|
|Psalm 105 'Confitemini Domino' (Ouseley/Ley)|
|Psalm 119: 105-112 'Lucerna pedibus meis' (Ouseley)|
|Psalm 73 'Quam bonus Israel!' (Crotch/Ouseley)|
|Thy word is a lantern unto my feet|
|Truly God is loving unto Israel|