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Track(s) taken from CDH55463

Rejoice in the Lord alway

composer
Mulliner Book, British Library; formerly attributed to John Redford
author of text
Philippians 4: 4-7

St Paul's Cathedral Choir, John Scott (conductor)
Recording details: June 1997
St Paul's Cathedral, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Arthur Johnson
Engineered by Julian Millard
Release date: September 1997
Total duration: 3 minutes 25 seconds

Cover artwork: The Nativity (detail) by Stefan Lochner (c1410-1451)
Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen , Alte Pinakotek, Munich / Artothek
 
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Rejoice in the Lord alway  [3'25]

The anonymous sixteenth-century anthem Rejoice in the Lord alway (formerly attributed to John Redford) is a setting of the fourth chapter of St Paul’s letter to the Philippians which forms the Epistle reading for the Fourth Sunday in Advent in the Book of Common Prayer. The only known source of this anthem is in the Mulliner Book which is held in the British Library. The rhythms in the music make it apparent that the words originally set were from the 1594 Prayer Book. The music—a careful setting of the words—varies between imitative passages and homophonic sections as, for example, at the words ‘Let your softness be known unto all men’.

from notes by William McVicker © 1997

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