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O, all ye people, clap your hands, Z138
composer
circa 1680
author of text
Psalm 47

Recordings
'Purcell: The Complete Anthems and Services, Vol. 4' (CDA66644)
Purcell: The Complete Anthems and Services, Vol. 4
MP3 £7.99FLAC £7.99ALAC £7.99Buy by post £13.99 (ARCHIVE SERVICE) CDA66644  Archive Service; also available on CDS44141/51  
'Purcell: The Complete Sacred Music' (CDS44141/51)
Purcell: The Complete Sacred Music
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Details
Track 11 on CDA66644 [2'31] Archive Service; also available on CDS44141/51
Track 11 on CDS44141/51 CD4 [2'31] 11CDs Boxed set (at a special price)

O, all ye people, clap your hands, Z138
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This splendid anthem is another four-part setting dating from around 1680 of a psalm paraphrase by John Patrick. The opening is jubilant, and the voices alternate between the trumpet-like calls of ‘O, all ye people’ and busy running passagework where they ‘make a cheerful noise’. After brief homophony at ‘declare your inward joys’ the close imitation returns, with ‘his high perfections’ thrown rapidly between the four voices. The trumpet calls continue at ‘In a triumphant state our Lord is gone’, and the full ensemble and the two boys alternate fanfares and echoes as the instruments ‘proclaim our joys’. ‘Sing cheerful praises to our God’ is more melodic, and God rules harmoniously ‘o’er the heathen people’ before the tempo is broadened as God ‘shall judge the world at last’.

from notes by Robert King ©

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