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It is a good thing to give thanks, Z18
composer
1682/5
author of text
Psalm 92: 1-6

Recordings
'Purcell: The Complete Anthems and Services, Vol. 1' (CDA66585)
Purcell: The Complete Anthems and Services, Vol. 1
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'Purcell: The Complete Sacred Music' (CDS44141/51)
Purcell: The Complete Sacred Music
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Part 1: Symphony – It is a good thing to give thanks
Track 13 on CDA66585 [2'56] Archive Service; also available on CDS44141/51
Track 13 on CDS44141/51 CD1 [2'56] 11CDs Boxed set (at a special price)
Part 2: To tell of thy loving-kindness early in the morning
Track 14 on CDA66585 [3'04] Archive Service; also available on CDS44141/51
Track 14 on CDS44141/51 CD1 [3'04] 11CDs Boxed set (at a special price)
Part 3: O Lord, how glorious are thy works
Track 15 on CDA66585 [1'48] Archive Service; also available on CDS44141/51
Track 15 on CDS44141/51 CD1 [1'48] 11CDs Boxed set (at a special price)
Part 4: For thou, Lord, hast made me glad though thy works
Track 16 on CDA66585 [4'07] Archive Service; also available on CDS44141/51
Track 16 on CDS44141/51 CD1 [4'07] 11CDs Boxed set (at a special price)

It is a good thing to give thanks, Z18
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It is a good thing to give thanks dates from around 1682-1685, with the instrumental writing, clearly designed for single strings, florid and full of the dancing, dotted rhythms that so pleased Charles II (but that had been a feature of music on the Continent for many years previously).

The Symphony is in the usual two halves, the first a duple-time, pompous section typical of a French opera overture, and the second a lively triple-time section whose music recurs in many of the subsequent ritornelli. The three solo voices function largely as a unit, although there is plenty of variety in texture from purely homophonic to quite complex counterpoint. Almost every section is concluded with an instrumental ritornello, with the midpoint marked by a repetition of the triple-time section from the Symphony.

After this interlude the solo bass is given a recitativo-like section, full of word-painting and making much use of vocal and harmonic colour. Once again, the range of the part is enormous, from low D on ‘very deep’ to notes two octaves and more above. The trio solo returns with ‘For thou, Lord, hast made me glad’, leading into a series of Alleluias which make much use of echo effects. After a reprise of the opening vocal material and the dotted ritornello the function of the full choir is small, providing just a simple ‘Alleluia’ at the conclusion – such a device was of course deliberate, for it would not have taken long to teach the boys of the choir their music for this particular service!

from notes by Robert King ©

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Details for CDA66585 track 14
To tell of thy loving-kindness early in the morning
Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-92-58514
Duration
3'04
Recording date
27 November 1991
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. 1 (CDA66585)
    Disc 1 Track 14
    Release date: March 1992
    Deletion date: December 2009
    Archive Service; also available on CDS44141/51
  2. Purcell: The Complete Sacred Music (CDS44141/51)
    Disc 1 Track 14
    Release date: November 2002
    11CDs Boxed set (at a special price)
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