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Out of the deep

author of text
Psalm 130: 1-4

Thomas Tomkins was Organist of Worcester Cathedral from 1596, in the midst of the glory days of Elizabethan music, to the 1640s, well into the culturally and religiously lean times of the Commonwealth. Out of the deep was included in Musica Deo Sacra, a substantial posthumous publication probably compiled by his son, Nathaniel, in 1668; but this is Tomkins’ original version, in five parts. It is a highly atmospheric verse anthem which is, as it were, pulled steadily out of the depths by the solo line, drawing in other soloists as it progresses. Tomkins’ quotation of Gibbons’ famous madrigal ‘The silver swan’ (using the passage of music which sets the words ‘more geese than swans now live, more fools than wise’) perhaps suggests dismay at the state of the nation.

from notes by David Goode © 2007


Hear my words
SIGCD115Download only


Track 9 on SIGCD115 [4'06] Download only

Track-specific metadata for SIGCD115 track 9

Recording date
21 January 2007
Recording venue
Eton College Chapel, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Matthew O'Donovan
Recording engineer
Nick Goetzee
Hyperion usage
  1. Hear my words (SIGCD115)
    Disc 1 Track 9
    Release date: February 2008
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