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Bring us, O Lord God

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William Henry Harris (1883–1973) was one of the best-loved and most stalwart cathedral musicians of the first half of the 20th century. Professor of organ and harmony at the Royal College of Music from 1921 to 1955, he also became organist at St George’s Chapel, Windsor in 1933 and conducted for the Coronation services in 1937 and 1953. A famously efficient and inspiring choir-trainer, he wrote mainly Anglican church music, and his services and canticles are still in use. The anthem Bring us, O Lord God is a comparatively late work, dating from 1959, and setting a religious poem of John Donne that paints a radiant picture of heaven. Harris builds to a grand, resplendent climax but reserves his most mystical page for the concluding ‘Amens’ and their final cadence.

from notes by Malcolm MacDonald 2012

Recordings

Parry: Songs of Farewell
Studio Master: SIGCD267Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
The English Anthem, Vol. 4
CDA66678Archive Service

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Track 5 on CDA66678 [4'46] Archive Service
Track 15 on SIGCD267 [4'01] Download only

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