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Lord, not to us, but to thy name, Z137

composer
circa 1680
author of text
Psalm 115, second version

 
Purcell’s setting of Lord, not to us, but to thy name is incomplete, for after twenty-four bars of the autograph score (in the British Museum) he simply writes in a thick stroke through the staves, leaving plenty of unused space in which he would have continued the work. Completed anthems usually receive a flourish to signify their end. Additionally, thirty-two lines of John Patrick’s paraphrase of Psalm 115 are left unset. The section that does survive makes a neat, if short, anthem.

from notes by Robert King ©

La mise en musique de Lord, not to us, but to thy name (Seigneur, non de nous, mais de ton nom) est incomplète, puisqu'après les vingt-quatre premières mesures de la partition autographe (conservée au British Muséum), Purcell a tracé un trait épais en travers des portées, laissant toute une partie de la page blanche, où il aurait dû continuer à écrire. Ce motet est en général complété par un ornement pour en indiquer la fin. Des trente-six lignes de la paraphrase du Psaume 115 de John Patrick, seules les quatre premières ont été mises en musique. La brièveté de ce motet ne lui enlève toutefois rien de sa qualité, et il est intéressant (aussi vain cela soit-il) de spéculer sur ce que Purctell aurait fait avec le texte restant!

extrait des notes rédigées par Robert King © 1993
Français: Jean-Paul Metzger

Purcells Vertonung von 'Nicht uns Herr, sondern Deinem Namen' ist unvollendet, denn das Originalmanuskript (heute im British Museum) zeigt, daß Purcell nach den ersten vierundzwanzig Taktstrichen nur noch mit dicken Strichen über die Notenlinien schrieb, um ausreichend Platz für ein späteres Fortführen der Arbeit zu lassen. Normalerweise wird die Vollendung einer Hymne durch einen Schnörkel auf dem Notenblatt angezeigt. Darüber hinaus blieben zweiunddreißig Zeilen von John Patricks Paraphrase von Psalm 115 unvertont. In seiner jetzigen Form ist das Werk eine gelungene, wenn auch kurze Hymne, über deren mögliche Vollendung sich vielleicht nachzudenken lohnt!

aus dem Begleittext von Robert King © 1993
Deutsch: Margarete Forsyth

Recordings

Purcell: The Complete Anthems and Services, Vol. 4
CDA66644Archive Service; also available on CDS44141/51
Purcell: The Complete Sacred Music
CDS44141/5111CDs Boxed set (at a special price)

Details

Track 8 on CDA66644 [0'58] Archive Service; also available on CDS44141/51
Track 8 on CDS44141/51 CD4 [0'58] 11CDs Boxed set (at a special price)

Track-specific metadata for CDS44141/51 disc 4 track 8

Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-93-64408
Duration
0'58
Recording date
6 January 1996
Recording venue
St Jude-on-the-Hill, Hampstead Garden Suburb, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Ben Turner
Recording engineer
Philip Hobbs & Lindsay Pell
Hyperion usage
  1. Purcell: The Complete Anthems and Services, Vol. 4 (CDA66644)
    Disc 1 Track 8
    Release date: March 1993
    Deletion date: September 2005
    Archive Service; also available on CDS44141/51
  2. Purcell: The Complete Sacred Music (CDS44141/51)
    Disc 4 Track 8
    Release date: November 2002
    11CDs Boxed set (at a special price)
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