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Expectans expectavi

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As a composer, Charles Wood (1866-1926) exhibited ‘fastidious taste and fine scholarship’. Wood wrote most of his church music in his later years, and it seems only a matter of time before his larger choral works, and his chamber and orchestral music come under closer scrutiny. Wood was an important teacher at Cambridge University where he became Professor of Music in 1924 following Stanford’s death. He had been a pupil of Stanford’s at the Royal College of Music and perhaps suffered from being in that composer’s shadow.

Expectans expectavi was published in 1919. It is slightly unusual in its construction: it has a short but effective pianissimo coda, and a bar of silence before the build-up to the climax begins.

from notes by William McVicker © 1992


The English Anthem, Vol. 3
CDA66618Archive Service


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