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Lord, thou hast been our refuge
composer
Anthem for the Festival of the Sons of the Clergy, 17 April 1755
author of text
Psalm 90

Recordings
'Blow, Boyce & Handel: Music for St Paul's' (CDH55359)
Blow, Boyce & Handel: Music for St Paul's
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Movement 1: Lord, thou hast been our refuge
Movement 2: Our fathers hoped in thee
Movement 3: Yea, like as a father pitieth his own children
Movement 4: Remember, O Lord, what is come upon us
Movement 5: The eyes of all wait upon thee, O Lord
Movement 6: Blessed be the name of the Lord

Lord, thou hast been our refuge
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William Boyce’s anthem Lord, thou hast been our refuge was written in 1755 for the Festival of the Sons of the Clergy, the charity that raised (and still raises) funds for needy clergymen and their families. With Boyce’s Blessed is he that considereth the poor, written for the same occasion, it seems to have been the last music specially composed for the Sons of the Clergy for about a century; it was performed every Festival between 1775 and (probably) 1843 together with Handel’s Esther overture, the Dettingen Te Deum, the Hallelujah Chorus from Messiah and Zadok the Priest. This probably explains why it was published in full score in 1802, at a time when Boyce’s choral music had almost entirely been supplanted by Handel. The text is appropriate for a charity, and drew from Boyce some fine, varied music, ranging from the brilliance of the opening and closing choruses to the pathos of ‘Yea, like as a father pitieth his own children’ and ‘Remember, O Lord, what is come upon us’, a remarkable trio for three boys doubled by oboes. Like all the pieces recorded here, this is music that demands to be heard in the spacious acoustic of the building for which it was written.

from notes by Peter Holman © 1998

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Details for CDH55359 track 23
Yea, like as a father pitieth his own children
Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-98-00923
Duration
3'19
Recording date
17 October 1997
Recording venue
St Paul's Cathedral, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Martin Compton
Recording engineer
Antony Howell & Julian Millard
Hyperion usage
  1. Blow, Boyce & Handel: Music for St Paul's (CDA67009)
    Disc 1 Track 23
    Release date: May 1998
    Deletion date: June 2008
    Superseded by CDH55359
  2. Blow, Boyce & Handel: Music for St Paul's (CDH55359)
    Disc 1 Track 23
    Release date: July 2010
    Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
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