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Great is the Lord, Op 67
composer
1910/2
author of text
after Psalm 47 (48)

Recordings
'Elgar: Cathedral Music' (CDH55147)
Elgar: Cathedral Music
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'Elgar: Great is the Lord & other works' (CDA67593)
Elgar: Great is the Lord & other works
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'English Choral and Organ Music' (CDH55009)
English Choral and Organ Music
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'The English Anthem, Vol. 5' (CDA66758)
The English Anthem, Vol. 5
'The Music of Westminster Cathedral' (WCC100)
The Music of Westminster Cathedral
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Track 11 on CDA66758 [10'56] Archive Service
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Great is the Lord, Op 67
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This setting was started in 1910 but without an immediate commission or performance in view it dragged on until 1912 and was first performed with organ accompaniment at Westminster Abbey on 16 July 1912 conducted by Sir Frederick Bridge. It was orchestrated in September 1913.

Elgar’s setting is markedly less complex than many other similar works, and it falls into a number of sections each using new material. At the opening the altos, tenors and basses are in unison, later in two parts and with passages of block harmony. Elgar sets the central text ‘We have thought on Thy loving-kindness, O God’ for bass solo, and in the richer choral setting of the closing section finds invention that is reminiscent of similar moments in the oratorios.

from notes by Lewis Foreman © 2007

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