Despite his modest attainments in the field of composition—which include thirty-two operas—Attwood will be remembered not just for his association with Mozart, but also for his friendship with Mendelssohn who dedicated his Three Preludes and Fugues for organ to him. Attwood was a founder member of the Philharmonic Society and became one of the first professors at the Royal Academy of Music on its foundation in 1823. By all accounts he was a charming fellow who had many friends; he did not set out to impress, and yet he had a subtle but profound influence upon the English music scene in the nineteenth century. The anthem Come, Holy Ghost has taken its place in the English church music repertoire. Its appeal is in its simplicity.
from notes by William McVicker © 1992