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Oculi omnium

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Psalm 104

Like Stanford, his teacher, friend and colleague, Charles Wood (1866–1926) was Irish by birth. After studying at the Royal College of Music in London, Wood took up resi­dence at Selwyn College, Cambridge, moving to Gonville and Caius College upon his appointment as Organist-scholar (1889–1894) before being elected to a fellowship. After the death of Stanford (his former teacher at the Royal College of Music) in 1924, Wood proceeded to the professorship.

Wood’s influence on music was widely felt through his pupils: Vaughan Williams, Armstrong Gibbs, Sir Thomas Beecham, Sir William Harris, and Sir Michael Tippett. But it is evident that Wood appears not to have been an ambitious man and most of his music was published post­humously. He spent much of his life in the shadow of Stanford; Wood’s own compositions have their origins in his teacher’s style and harmonic vocabulary.

Most of Wood’s church music was written with the Cambridge college choirs in mind, with their ability to sing double-choir music with relative ease. Much of his music is beyond the abilities of most parish church choirs. By way of contrast, Oculi omnium is the second of two easy, short, four-part introits published in 1927.

from notes by William McVicker © 1999


The English Anthem, Vol. 7
CDA67087Archive Service


Track 13 on CDA67087 [1'39] Archive Service

Track-specific metadata for CDA67087 track 13

Recording date
10 July 1998
Recording venue
St Paul's Cathedral, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Mark Brown
Recording engineer
Antony Howell & Julian Millard
Hyperion usage
  1. The English Anthem, Vol. 7 (CDA67087)
    Disc 1 Track 13
    Release date: January 1999
    Deletion date: November 2018
    Archive Service
  2. The St Paul's Cathedral Choir Playlist (CDPL0108)
    Disc 1 Track 37
    Release date: September 2017
    Download only
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