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Blessed be the God and Father

for Easter Day, 1853, at Hereford Cathedral
author of text
1 Peter: 3-5, 15-17, 22-25

Blessed be the God and Father was written for a service on Easter Day at Hereford Cathedral, when 'only Trebles and a single Bass voice' were available, the bass singer being the Dean's butler. The central portion of the work, a dialogue between a treble soloist and the treble chorus, is flanked by passages for tenors and basses alone. The final fughetta after the words 'But the word of the Lord endureth forever' is heralded by a dramatic dominant seventh chord of E flat on full organ.

from notes by William McVicker © 1990


My Beloved's Voice
Studio Master: SIGCD370Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
Service high and anthems clear
CDH88006Archive Service
The English Anthem, Vol. 1
CDA66374Archive Service
Wesley: Anthems, Vol. 1
CDA66446Archive Service


Track 2 on CDH88006 [8'40] Archive Service
Track 5 on CDA66374 [8'13] Archive Service
Track 1 on CDA66446 [7'42] Archive Service
Track 20 on SIGCD370 [7'30] Download only

Track-specific metadata for CDA66374 track 5

Recording date
29 June 1989
Recording venue
St Paul's Cathedral, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Mark Brown
Recording engineer
Antony Howell
Hyperion usage
  1. The English Anthem, Vol. 1 (CDA66374)
    Disc 1 Track 5
    Release date: June 1990
    Deletion date: March 2008
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