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Behold, O God our defender

composer
25 December 1952; commissioned as the introit for the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II
author of text
Psalm 84: 9-10

 
In November 1952, Howells was invited to compose a short Introit for the Coronation Service of Queen Elizabeth II. The text was to be verses from Psalm 84, beginning ‘Behold, O God our defender’. He completed this quiet, reflective prelude to a great state occasion at the end of that year, on Christmas Day. For the Coronation itself the combined choirs were large and Howells provided a fully orchestrated score, but this sensitive anthem is more usually heard, as here, with smaller forces and organ accompaniment.

from notes by Paul Andrews 2016

Recordings

Howells: Collegium Regale & other choral works
Studio Master: CDA68105NEWStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
Howells: St Paul's Service & other works
CDA66260Archive Service

Details

Track 13 on CDA68105 [3'29] NEW
Track 5 on CDA66260 [4'02] Archive Service

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