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Blow out the trumpet in Sion

composer
5vv
author of text
Joel 2: 1

 
This five-part setting of Blow out the trumpet in Sion, the words being from the Book of Joel, Chapter 2, achieves its effect by contrasting fanfare-like chords with a series of jostling, exciting short melodic fragments. The declamatory bass line at the words ‘Let all the inhabitants of the land tremble’ has the qualities of a madrigal and this is also evident as the word ‘cometh’ is bandied about between basses and altos. This reappears, but the second time the tenors are answered by the rest of the choir before a reprise of the words ‘and sound an alarum’, ending with an English cadence. The music is found in no fewer than six contemporary sources which may indicate that this anthem might have been widely performed in its day.

from notes by William McVicker 1997

Recordings

Advent at St Paul's
CDH55463

Details

Track 4 on CDH55463 [2'41]

Track-specific metadata for HYP201210 track 8

Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-97-99404
Duration
2'41
Recording date
26 June 1997
Recording venue
St Paul's Cathedral, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Arthur Johnson
Recording engineer
Julian Millard
Hyperion usage
  1. Advent at St Paul's (CDA66994)
    Disc 1 Track 4
    Release date: September 1997
    Deletion date: December 2011
    Superseded by CDH55463
  2. Advent at St Paul's (CDH55463)
    Disc 1 Track 4
    Release date: October 2012
  3. Hyperion monthly sampler October 2012 (HYP201210)
    Disc 1 Track 8
    Release date: October 2012
    Download-only monthly sampler
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