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Alleluia! I heard a voice

composer
5vv
author of text
Revelation 19: 1, 6 adapted

 
Thomas Weelkes’ place in English church music history is often somewhat overshadowed by the prolific output of two other great English church composers—William Byrd and Thomas Tallis. He was very much at the peak of his creative powers when he died, prematurely, in his forties. Like Purcell after him, he had a vivid imagination and a love of experiment, and nowhere is this more evident than in his four sets of madrigals, which appeared between 1597 and 1608. Arguably, it is with these madrigals that the English madrigal school reached its peak.

Weelkes published no further madrigals after 1608, and instead devoted himself to the production of a large quantity of church music, probably for use at Chichester Cathedral, despite the fact that he was constantly in trouble with the church authorities. Alleluia, I heard a voice is unified by recurring musical and verbal material, a device which the composer had earlier explored and developed through his madrigals.

from notes by Rupert Gough 2008

Recordings

O sacrum convivium
SIGCD127Download only
Weelkes: Anthems
CDH55259

Details

Track 2 on CDH55259 [2'35]
Track 3 on SIGCD127 [2'46] Download only

Track-specific metadata for CDA66477 track 2

Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-92-47702
Duration
2'35
Recording date
24 January 1991
Recording venue
Winchester Cathedral, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Mark Brown
Recording engineer
Antony Howell
Hyperion usage
  1. Weelkes: Anthems (CDA66477)
    Disc 1 Track 2
    Release date: July 1992
    Deletion date: March 2005
    Superseded by CDH55259
  2. Weelkes: Anthems (CDH55259)
    Disc 1 Track 2
    Release date: January 2008
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