Much of the work is scored, unusually, for a solo tenor: the writing is at times rather ungainly, especially the word setting. ‘Spare thy people, good Lord’ is set for a trio of soloists and leads into a choral reworking of a passage, setting the same words, from the magnificent ten-part anthem Blow up the trumpet in Sion: cut down to only four parts, the sumptuous textures of that anthem are sadly absent here. For ‘Hear us, O Lord, for thy mercy is great’ the composer returns to the solo voice, closing the anthem with a repeat of the trio and chorus ‘Spare thy people’.
from notes by Robert King ©
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