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Thee will I love
27 February 1970; SATB + organ; marking the 1100th anniversay of Medehamstede Massacre and first performed in Peterborough Cathedral on 9 November 1970
author of text
from the Yattendon Hymnal of 1930

'Howells: The Winchester Service & other late works' (CDA67853)
Howells: The Winchester Service & other late works
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Thee will I love
Taking words from Robert Bridges’ own Yattendon Hymnal of 1930, Thee will I love was Howells’ response to a commission for a work to commemorate the 1100th anniversary of the massacre of the monks of the Abbey of Medehamstede in 870ad. At the dissolution of the monasteries, the Abbey became Peterborough Cathedral, and this motet was composed for a Solemn Requiem, sung in the Cathedral on 9 November 1970 by the Cathedral Choir under its director, Stanley Vann. The setting makes much use of the opening four-note quaver motif in various guises, and with an extraordinary variety of harmonic colouring, expressing much of the devotional quality of the words, but also alluding perhaps in harmonic ambiguity and dissonance, to the anguish of the event being commemorated.

from notes by Paul Andrews © 2011

Track-specific metadata
Details for CDA67853 track 2
Recording date
25 March 2010
Recording venue
Winchester Cathedral, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Adrian Peacock
Recording engineer
David Hinitt
Hyperion usage
  1. Howells: The Winchester Service & other late works (CDA67853)
    Disc 1 Track 2
    Release date: June 2011
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