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O how amiable

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Psalms 84 & 90

Simplicity is a keynote in Vaughan Williams’s O how amiable, and the reason is the circumstances in which it was composed. In 1934 the novelist E.M. Forster wrote “The Abinger Pageant”, a play about the history of England, performed to aid preservation work at a church near where he lived in Surrey. Vaughan Williams’s anthem was written to be sung by amateur performers as part of the festivities, and the mainly unison writing reflects this. It also emphasizes the communal nature of the pageant experience, as does the addition of a verse from the famous hymn “O God our help in ages past” at the conclusion.

from notes by Terry Blain © 2016


Studio Master: SIGCD465Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available


Track 4 on SIGCD465 [3'57] Download only

Track-specific metadata for SIGCD465 track 4

Recording date
5 June 2016
Recording venue
Rochdale Town Hall, Rochdale, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Tim Oldham
Recording engineer
Mike Hatch
Hyperion usage
  1. Anthem (SIGCD465)
    Disc 1 Track 4
    Release date: February 2017
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