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When David heard

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2 Samuel 18: 33

Tomkins was the last of the ‘Tudor’ school of English composers, most of his output in fact dating from the Jacobean era. Believed to have been a pupil of William Byrd, he was organist and choirmaster of Worcester Cathedral from 1596 (with some interruptions) until its organ was dismantled and choral services discontinued in 1646. Also active in London, he was made a Gentleman of the Chapel Royal (i.e. choir member) and later its organist. When David heard was published both in his Songs of 3. 4. 5. & 6. Parts (1622) and in the posthumous compilation of his church music Musica Deo Sacra published by his son in 1668; the two editions are at different pitches, which perhaps tells us something about the relationship between written and performing pitch. Several composers set this text, probably as an expression of the grief at the death of James I’s eldest son, Prince Henry, in 1612.

from notes by Collegium Records © 1997


Dialogues of Sorrow
Studio Master: SIGCD210Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
English Madrigals
GIMSE403Gimell (budget price)
English Motets
Studio Master: CDA68256Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
Hail, gladdening Light
COLCD113Download only
Music from the reign of King James I
Renaissance Radio
CDGIM212for the price of 1 — Download only
Tomkins: Cathedral Music
Tomkins: The Great Service


Track 9 on CDA67858 [5'17]
Track 4 on CDA68256 [5'12]
Track 5 on CDGIM024 [4'27]
Track 23 on CDGIM212 CD2 [4'27] for the price of 1 — Download only
Track 9 on CDH55066 [5'00]
Track 4 on COLCD113 [5'02] Download only
Track 13 on GIMSE403 [4'26] Gimell (budget price)
Track 18 on SIGCD210 [3'51] Download only

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