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Exultate Deo
First line:
Sing we merrily unto God our strength
September 1974; SATB + organ; commissioned for and first performed at the enthronement of Simon Phipps as Bishop of Lincoln on 18 January 1975
author of text
Psalm 80 (81): 1-3 and various other Psalm verses

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Exultate Deo
In 1974, Howells was commissioned to write the anthem Exultate Deo for the enthronement service of the new Bishop of Lincoln, the Right Reverend Simon Wilton Phipps. It was first sung on that occasion on 18 January 1975 in Lincoln Cathedral. The text is a cento, compiled from various different sources, in this case verses drawn from a number of different psalms. It is a setting of exultant praise, as befits the occasion for which it was written.

from notes by Paul Andrews © 2011

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