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Track(s) taken from CDH55066

When David heard

author of text
2 Samuel 18: 33

St George's Chapel Choir Windsor, Christopher Robinson (conductor)
Recording details: January 1989
All Hallows, Gospel Oak, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Chris Sayers
Engineered by Antony Howell
Release date: November 1989
Total duration: 5 minutes 0 seconds

Cover artwork: Malmesbury Abbey by
Photograph by Matthew Stevens

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'A valuable introduction to this endlessly rewarding composer. This CD shouldn't be missed' (Goldberg)
Tomkins was the last of the ‘Tudor’ school of English composers, most of his output in fact dating from the Jacobean era. Believed to have been a pupil of William Byrd, he was organist and choirmaster of Worcester Cathedral from 1596 (with some interruptions) until its organ was dismantled and choral services discontinued in 1646. Also active in London, he was made a Gentleman of the Chapel Royal (i.e. choir member) and later its organist. When David heard was published both in his Songs of 3. 4. 5. & 6. Parts (1622) and in the posthumous compilation of his church music Musica Deo Sacra published by his son in 1668; the two editions are at different pitches, which perhaps tells us something about the relationship between written and performing pitch. Several composers set this text, probably as an expression of the grief at the death of James I’s eldest son, Prince Henry, in 1612.

from notes by Collegium Records © 1997

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