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I will sing unto the Lord as long as I live, Z22
composer
before February 1679
author of text
Psalm 104: 33-35

Recordings
'Purcell: The Complete Anthems and Services, Vol. 10' (CDA66707)
Purcell: The Complete Anthems and Services, Vol. 10
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'Purcell: The Complete Sacred Music' (CDS44141/51)
Purcell: The Complete Sacred Music
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Details
Track 2 on CDA66707 [3'05] Archive Service; also available on CDS44141/51
Track 2 on CDS44141/51 CD10 [3'05] 11CDs Boxed set (at a special price)

I will sing unto the Lord as long as I live, Z22
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I will sing unto the Lord is an early anthem, written by February 1679. It is found in a large number of contemporary and early eighteenth-century cathedral manuscripts, suggesting that it was widely performed. The reason is not hard to see, for this is a first-rate full anthem, scored for five-part choir with divided trebles, and containing an appealing central verse section.

The triple-time opening is basically homophonic, strong in its joyful affirmation of God’s goodness. The rapid-fire entries of ‘And so’ compellingly build up to ‘shall my words please him’, and are followed by a return to triple-metre homophony at ‘my joy shall be in the Lord’. The text, from Psalm 104, switches to recount the fate that awaits sinners, and Purcell introduces a six-part verse which alternates trios of upper and lower voices and then the full choir in rich, slow-moving harmony; here is delicious writing. But joy is not far away, and the anthem ends exultantly in the swinging triple metre of the opening and with a final, grand statement: ‘Praise the Lord’.

from notes by Robert King ©

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Details for CDA66707 track 2
Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-94-70702
Duration
3'05
Recording date
1 April 1994
Recording venue
St Jude-on-the-Hill, Hampstead Garden Suburb, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Ben Turner
Recording engineer
Philip Hobbs
Hyperion usage
  1. Purcell: The Complete Anthems and Services, Vol. 10 (CDA66707)
    Disc 1 Track 2
    Release date: October 1994
    Deletion date: May 2006
    Archive Service; also available on CDS44141/51
  2. Purcell: The Complete Sacred Music (CDS44141/51)
    Disc 10 Track 2
    Release date: November 2002
    11CDs Boxed set (at a special price)
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