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We will rejoice in thy salvation

author of text
Psalm 20: 5-7

Born in Nether Ettington, Warwickshire, William Croft (1678-1727) was educated as a 'Child of the Chapel Royal' where he was taught by John Blow, subsequently sharing the post of 'Gentleman' organist with Jeremiah Clarke. When Clarke committed suicide in 1707, Croft became Composer and Master of the Children at the Chapel Royal. John Blow died a year later and Croft succeeded him as organist of Westminster Abbey. Croft’s most celebrated work is a 2-volume church-music collection entitled Musica Sacra, containing 31 anthems and the Burial Service. It is primarily this collection which has sustained Croft’s reputation. The Burial Service has been performed at every state funeral since its publication, including that of the Queen Mother in April 2002. Croft’s occasional anthems are among his finest works. We will rejoice in thy salvation (text from Psalm 20) has exuberant outer sections and a poignant middle section with some chromaticism in the melodic line.

from notes by Phillip Borg-Wheeler © 2018


Great Cathedral Anthems
Studio Master: SIGCD514Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available


Track 4 on SIGCD514 [4'56] Download only

Track-specific metadata for SIGCD514 track 4

Recording date
8 July 2016
Recording venue
Canterbury Cathedral, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Tim Oldham
Recording engineer
Mike Cox & George Collins
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  1. Great Cathedral Anthems (SIGCD514)
    Disc 1 Track 4
    Release date: January 2018
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