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Christ is made the sure foundation – Westminster Abbey

First line:
Christ is made the sure foundation
author of text
'Angularis fundamentum', anonymous 6th- or 7th-century Latin
translator of text

Christ is made the sure foundation was composed by Purcell (who ultimately found the theatre more congenial than the Church), as the closing section of his verse-anthem O God, thou art my God where it is set as an Alleluia. It was not wedded to its early medieval text (the second part of Blessed city, heavenly Salem) until the 1939 edition of Hymns Ancient and Modern.

from notes by Collegium Records © 2000


Sing, ye Heavens - Hymns for all time
COLCD126Download only


Track 21 on COLCD126 [5'30] Download only

Track-specific metadata for COLCD126 track 21

Recording date
11 February 2000
Recording venue
St Alban's Church, Holborn, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Geoff Miles
Recording engineer
Geoff Miles & Graham Kennedy
Hyperion usage
  1. Sing, ye Heavens - Hymns for all time (COLCD126)
    Disc 1 Track 21
    Release date: August 2000
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