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Behold, thou hast made my days

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Psalm 39: 5-7, 12-13

 
Orlando Gibbons (1583-1625) was the outstanding English composer of church music in the generation following William Byrd, but in his lifetime he was probably best known as a brilliant keyboard player. His anthems belong to either of the two types—the verse anthem (in which short choruses break up the solo passages into a succession of verses) and the full anthem (written for full choir). Setting words from Psalm 39, Gibbons composed Behold thou hast made my days in 1618 for the funeral of Anthony Maxey, Dean of Windsor. This is one of only three of his verse anthems employing a single solo voice, here alternating with the 5-part chorus.

from notes by Phillip Borg-Wheeler 2016

Recordings

The Evening Hour
Studio Master: SIGCD446Download only NEWStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
Gibbons: Anthems
CDH55228

Details

Track 10 on SIGCD446 [5'30] Download only NEW
Track 8 on CDH55228 [4'33]

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