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Sir John Stainer

born: 6 June 1840
died: 31 March 1901
country: United Kingdom

Sir John Stainer (1840–1901), one of the most significant figures in the musical life of Victorian England, has perhaps been unjustly maligned by many writers. The late Professor Arthur Hutchings wrote: ‘Do not let us underestimate Stainer. We ought to have sent most of his church music to be pulped, and let us waste no time in delaying the pulping. And if Stainer’s goes, then let most choir music by his contemporaries and inferiors precede it. Not much is worth saving before the best of Stanford’s.’ Since the distinguished author wrote those words in 1967 – at a time when serialism and magic squares as compositional techniques seemed a worthwhile aim – the music of the Victorian era has been substantively re-evaluated. Hutchings missed an important point: Stainer was neither better nor worse than the best of musicians in any generation; his music is not the product of an inferior composer but that of a man responding to the musical taste of Victorian England. Sir Arthur Sullivan’s music has had to bear similar verbal lashings. Let us not judge Stainer, then, but rather the musical taste of the Victorians if it does not please our ears today, for the Victorians regarded both Stainer and Sullivan very highly. Dr Peter Charlton, the author of a book on Stainer, has written: ‘Whatever the reactions to his music in his time, he realised that much of it would not last; it was written to serve a need and he made no pretensions to being a great composer.’ Stainer was one of the best organists of his generation and a superb improviser. He helped to raise the standard of cathedral music-making and made St Paul’s Cathedral, where he was appointed organist in 1872, a centre for contemporary church music – commissioning composers to write new works, just as is the case today.

from notes by William McVicker 2005

Albums
'Joy to the World' (CDH55161)
Joy to the World
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'Praise to the Lord' (CDH55036)
Praise to the Lord
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'Psalms from St Paul's, Vol. 1 1-17' (CDP11001)
Psalms from St Paul's, Vol. 1 1-17
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'Psalms from St Paul's, Vol. 4 41-55' (CDP11004)
Psalms from St Paul's, Vol. 4 41-55
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'Psalms from St Paul's, Vol. 6 69-78' (CDP11006)
Psalms from St Paul's, Vol. 6 69-78
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'Psalms from St Paul's, Vol. 8 93-104' (CDP11008)
Psalms from St Paul's, Vol. 8 93-104
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'Service high and anthems clear' (CDH88006)
Service high and anthems clear
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'The English Anthem, Vol. 1' (CDA66374)
The English Anthem, Vol. 1
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'The English Anthem, Vol. 2' (CDA66519)
The English Anthem, Vol. 2
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'The English Anthem, Vol. 8' (CDA67483)
The English Anthem, Vol. 8
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'The English Hymn, Vol. 2 – Jerusalem the Golden' (CDP12102)
The English Hymn, Vol. 2 – Jerusalem the Golden
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'The English Hymn, Vol. 3 – Hills of the north, rejoice' (CDP12103)
The English Hymn, Vol. 3 – Hills of the north, rejoice
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'The English Hymn, Vol. 4 – All things bright and beautiful' (CDP12104)
The English Hymn, Vol. 4 – All things bright and beautiful
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'The Psalms of David' (CDS44101/12)
The Psalms of David
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'Trinity Sunday at Westminster Abbey' (CDA67557)
Trinity Sunday at Westminster Abbey
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Alphabetical listing of all musical works
Awake, awake, put on thy strength, O Zion (Stainer)
Blessed is he that considereth the poor and needy  First line to Psalm 41 'Beatus qui intelligit' (Stainer)
Hail, gladdening Light  First line to Sebaste (Stainer)
How beautiful upon the mountains  Extract from Awake, awake, put on thy strength, O Zion (Stainer)
I saw the Lord (Stainer)
I will cry unto God with my voice  First line to Psalm 77 'Voce mea ad Dominum' (Stainer)
I will give thanks unto thee, Lord, with my whole heart  First line to Psalm 9 'Confitebor tibi' (Stainer/Attwood)
In Memoriam (Stainer)
Lord Jesus, think on me  First line to St Paul's (Stainer)
Magnificat  Evening Canticle 1 of Service in B flat major (Stainer)
Nunc dimittis  Evening Canticle 2 of Service in B flat major (Stainer)
O clap your hands (Stainer)
Psalm 10 'Ut quid, Domine?' (Attwood/Stainer)
Psalm 41 'Beatus qui intelligit' (Stainer)
Psalm 77 'Voce mea ad Dominum' (Stainer)
Psalm 9 'Confitebor tibi' (Stainer/Attwood)
Psalm 97 'Dominus regnavit' (Stainer)
Sebaste (Stainer)
Service in B flat major (Stainer)
St Paul's (Stainer)
The First Nowell / Mary's Child (Stainer/Ainger/Llewellyn)
The Lord is King, the earth may be glad thereof  First line to Psalm 97 'Dominus regnavit' (Stainer)
There's a Friend for little children  First line to In Memoriam (Stainer)
They that wait upon the Lord  Semi-chorus of O clap your hands (Stainer)
Why standest thou so far off, O Lord?  First line to Psalm 10 'Ut quid, Domine?' (Attwood/Stainer)
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