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O God, the king of glory, Z34

February 1679
author of text
Collect for Sunday after Ascension

O God, the King of glory is one of Purcell’s earliest surviving full anthems, written in the ‘old’, largely homophonic style that had been prevalent in churches and chapels throughout Britain for many years. Purcell’s setting was composed by February 1679 and survives in the Gostling part-books now held in the library of York Minster. In this brief work, probably written for performance before the Collect for the Sunday after Ascension, the composer’s youthful individuality surfaces in the divergent chromaticism of ‘leave us not comfortless’.

from notes by Robert King ©

O God, the King of glory est un des premiers 'full anthems' qui aient survécu, composé dans le style 'ancien', en grande partie homophonique qui prédominait dans les églises et les chapelles de toute l'Angleterre depuis de longues années. La mise en musique de Purcell fut composée en février 1679 et survit dans les parties séparées de Gostling qui sont maintenant conservées dans la bibliothèque de la cathédrale de York. Dans cette oeuvre sommaire, probablement écrite pour être interprétée avant la Collecte du Dimanche après l'Ascension, l'individualité juvénile du compositeur apparaît dans le chromatisme divergent de 'leave us not comfortless' {ne nous laisse pas sans consolation).

extrait des notes rédigées par Robert King © 1993

O God, the King of Glory ist eines der ätesten erhaltenen Full Anthems von Purcell, geschrieben im 'alten', weitgehend homophonen Stil, der viele Jahre in den Kirchen und Kapellen Großbritanniens vorgeherrscht hatte. Purcells Vertonung ist spätestens im Februar 1679 entstanden und in den Gostling-Stimmheften überliefert, die sich heute in der Bibliothek von York Minster befinden. In dem kurzen Werk, das vermutlich zur Darbietung vor der Kollekte am Sonntag nach Himmelfahrt geschrieben wurde, macht sich die jugendliche Individualität des Komponisten in der divergierenden Chromatik von 'leave us not comfortless' [lasse uns nicht ohne Trost] bemerkbar.

aus dem Begleittext von Robert King © 1993
Deutsch: Anne Steeb/Bernd Müller


Purcell: The Complete Anthems and Services, Vol. 5
CDA66656Archive Service; also available on CDS44141/51Download currently discounted
Purcell: The Complete Sacred Music
CDS44141/5111CDs Boxed set (at a special price)


Track 9 on CDA66656 [2'00] Archive Service; also available on CDS44141/51
Track 9 on CDS44141/51 CD5 [2'00] 11CDs Boxed set (at a special price)

Track-specific metadata for CDS44141/51 disc 5 track 9

Recording date
20 April 1993
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. 5 (CDA66656)
    Disc 1 Track 9
    Release date: June 1993
    Deletion date: October 2007
    Archive Service; also available on CDS44141/51
  2. Purcell: The Complete Sacred Music (CDS44141/51)
    Disc 5 Track 9
    Release date: November 2002
    11CDs Boxed set (at a special price)
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