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O Lord, make thy servant Elizabeth

author of text

Byrd joined Queen Elizabeth’s Chapel Royal in 1572, and probably wrote this anthem a few years later. Its text comes from Psalm 21, but has been customized to address Elizabeth by name. Following the queen’s death in 1603, the words of the anthem had to be changed to match the name of each succeeding monarch; but since 1952, by pleasing coincidence, Byrd’s original text is once again relevant.

from notes by John Milsom 2013


Byrd: The Great Service
Byrd: Playing Elizabeth's Tune
Studio Master: CDGIM992Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
Byrd: The Great Service & other works
Byrd: The Tallis Scholars sing William Byrd
CDGIM2082CDs for the price of 1
Mary and Elizabeth at Westminster Abbey
Renaissance Radio
CDGIM2122CDs for the price of 1


Track 5 on CDGIM992 [3'04]
Track 7 on CDGIM011 [2'52]
Track 11 on CDGIM208 CD2 [2'52] 2CDs for the price of 1
Track 26 on CDGIM212 CD2 [2'52] 2CDs for the price of 1
Track 1 on CDA67533 [3'01]
Track 9 on CDA67704 [2'43]

Track-specific metadata for CDA67533 track 1

Recording date
4 February 2005
Recording venue
Westminster Abbey, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Jeremy Summerly
Recording engineer
Simon Eadon
Hyperion usage
  1. Byrd: The Great Service & other works (CDA67533)
    Disc 1 Track 1
    Release date: November 2005
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