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Lord, let me know mine end

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Psalm 39: 5-8, 13, 15

The early eighteenth century was generally a rather fallow period in English church music, in which the fashion for German and Italian music, particularly opera, had diluted the native product. Thus the technical strength and expressive power of Lord, let me know mine end, a setting of verses from Psalm 39 by Maurice Greene (Organist of St. Paul’s Cathedral and Master of the King’s Music in the mid-eighteenth century) are all the more remarkable. The walking bass that persists throughout the piece can be taken as an evocative depiction of life’s journey; over it, Greene crafts a series of thoughtful imitative points with, at the centre, a treble duet of some beauty.

from notes by David Goode © 2007


Great Cathedral Anthems
Studio Master: SIGCD514Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
Hear my words
SIGCD115Download only


Track 6 on SIGCD115 [5'34] Download only
Track 5 on SIGCD514 [5'54] Download only

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