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Alas! and did my Saviour bleed?

composer
The Beauties of Sacred Verse i, London, 1788
author of text

 
Alas! and did my Saviour bleed? (subtitled ‘Crucifixion’) and Yes! the Redeemer rose (subtitled ‘Resurrection’) by the Chester painter, music-seller and dissenter Richard Taylor are good examples of the genre of fuguing tunes — strophic metrical psalms or hymn tunes that include a series of fugal entries — though ‘Crucifixion’ has only a vestigial contrapuntal passage and is of more interest for its rich and dissonant harmony. As with much psalmody, the tune or ‘air’ is in the tenor (a survival of Renaissance practice), doubled at the octave by sopranos. Psalmody of this sort was originally performed unaccompanied. Organs were installed in many urban parish churches during the eighteenth century, though only about ten per cent of country churches had them by 1800. Instead, rural choirs began to be accompanied by small varied bands of instrumentalists who supported the vocal lines and played interludes or ‘symphonies’ at the beginning and between the verses.

from notes by Peter Holman © 1998

Recordings

Vital Spark of Heav'nly Flame
CDA67020Archive ServiceDownload currently discounted

Details

Track 5 on CDA67020 [3'27] Archive Service

Track-specific metadata for CDA67020 track 5

Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-98-02005
Duration
3'27
Recording date
12 September 1997
Recording venue
St Mary the Virgin, Stoke-by-Nayland, Suffolk, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Martin Compton
Recording engineer
Antony Howell & Julian Millard
Hyperion usage
  1. Vital Spark of Heav'nly Flame (CDA67020)
    Disc 1 Track 5
    Release date: March 1998
    Deletion date: May 2013
    Archive Service
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