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O Lord, make thy servant Elizabeth

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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

Recordings

Byrd: The Great Service
CDGIM011
Byrd: Playing Elizabeth's Tune
Studio Master: CDGIM992Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
Byrd: The Great Service & other works
CDA67533
Byrd: The Tallis Scholars sing William Byrd
CDGIM2082CDs for the price of 1
Mary and Elizabeth at Westminster Abbey
CDA67704
Renaissance Radio
CDGIM2122CDs for the price of 1

Details

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 CDA67704 track 9

Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-08-70409
Duration
2'43
Recording date
20 June 2008
Recording venue
All Hallows, Gospel Oak, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Jeremy Summerly
Recording engineer
Simon Eadon
Hyperion usage
  1. Mary and Elizabeth at Westminster Abbey (CDA67704)
    Disc 1 Track 9
    Release date: October 2008
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