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O all true faithful hearts

1619; composed to mark the recovery of King James I from illness
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‘O all true faithful hearts’ interposes choruses like victory-galliards to encourage public rejoicing in April 1619 over an avoided narrow shave: ‘A thanks Giving for the kings happy recoverie from a great dangerous sicknes’. His ominous nephritis, aggravated by melancholy after Anna’s death in January, had alarmed doctors; many subjects were also concerned, by now mellowing to his genial if autocratic foibles.

from notes by David Pinto © 2017


Gibbons: In chains of gold - The English pre-Restoration verse anthem, Vol. 1
Studio Master: SIGCD511Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
Music from the reign of King James I


Track 3 on CDA67858 [4'15]
Track 11 on SIGCD511 [3'42] Download only

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