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O thou, the central orb

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Charles Wood (1886-1926) wrote a considerable amount of church music and most of it is still in use today simply because it is well written and enjoyable to sing. Much of it is skilfully crafted, and this is amply demonstrated in the anthem O Thou, the central orb where the organ part which accompanies the melody sung by the basses shows careful handling of the chromatic counter-melody.

Wood spent much of his life in Cambridge at the University and wrote the chimes for the Gonville and Caius College clock. Like Stanford, Wood collected and published Irish folksong (both were Irish), and he succeeded Stanford to the post of Professor of Music at the University of Cambridge in 1924. Wood only began church music towards the end of his life and much of it was published posthumouly. In his earlier years he composed much larger works for stage, oratorios, and three string quartets.

from notes by William McVicker 1994

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Service high and anthems clear
CDH88006Archive ServiceDownload currently discounted
The English Anthem, Vol. 4
CDA66678Archive Service

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Track 9 on CDH88006 [4'53] Archive Service
Track 11 on CDA66678 [4'31] Archive Service

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