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O Lord, thou art my God, Z41
composer
1680/2
author of text
Isaiah 25: 1, 4, 7-9

Recordings
'Purcell: The Complete Anthems and Services, Vol. 11' (CDA66716)
Purcell: The Complete Anthems and Services, Vol. 11
MP3 £7.99FLAC £7.99ALAC £7.99Buy by post £13.99 (ARCHIVE SERVICE) CDA66716  Archive Service; also available on CDS44141/51  
'Purcell: The Complete Sacred Music' (CDS44141/51)
Purcell: The Complete Sacred Music
MP3 £35.00FLAC £35.00ALAC £35.00Buy by post £40.00 CDS44141/51  11CDs Boxed set (at a special price)  
Details
Track 8 on CDA66716 [7'32] Archive Service; also available on CDS44141/51
Track 8 on CDS44141/51 CD11 [7'32] 11CDs Boxed set (at a special price)

O Lord, thou art my God, Z41
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O Lord, thou art my God is another anthem to be found in Purcell’s hand in Fitzwilliam MS 88: the composition dates from around 1680-82. At the opening the bass soloist praises God in spacious, noble writing, with a series of grand yet reverential roulades on ‘wonderful’. The two other soloists enter at ‘For thou hast been a strength to the poor’, interrupted by the bass’s warlike ‘And he will destroy in this mountain’. The three voices join for the first time for ‘He will swallow up death in victory’, leading to a hymn-like, homophonic chorus ‘O Lord, thou art my God’. The trio following becomes more animated at ‘We will be glad and rejoice’ and leads into a jaunty series of Alleluias; the final choral section returns to homophony.

from notes by Robert King ©

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