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Behold, thou hast made my days

author of text
Psalm 39: 5-7, 12-13

Orlando Gibbons (1583-1625) was the outstanding English composer of church music in the generation following William Byrd, but in his lifetime he was probably best known as a brilliant keyboard player. His anthems belong to either of the two types—the verse anthem (in which short choruses break up the solo passages into a succession of verses) and the full anthem (written for full choir). Setting words from Psalm 39, Gibbons composed Behold thou hast made my days in 1618 for the funeral of Anthony Maxey, Dean of Windsor. This is one of only three of his verse anthems employing a single solo voice, here alternating with the 5-part chorus.

from notes by Phillip Borg-Wheeler © 2016


Gibbons: Anthems
CDH55228Archive Service
Gibbons: In chains of gold - The English pre-Restoration verse anthem, Vol. 1
Studio Master: SIGCD511Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
The Evening Hour
Studio Master: SIGCD446Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available


Track 8 on CDH55228 [4'33] Archive Service
Track 10 on SIGCD446 [5'30] Download only
Track 1 on SIGCD511 [4'33] Download only

Track-specific metadata for CDH55228 track 8

Recording date
30 April 1999
Recording venue
Winchester Cathedral, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Mark Brown
Recording engineer
Antony Howell & Julian Millard
Hyperion usage
  1. Gibbons: Anthems (CDA67116)
    Disc 1 Track 8
    Release date: April 2000
    Deletion date: March 2005
    Superseded by CDH55228
  2. Gibbons: Anthems (CDH55228)
    Disc 1 Track 8
    Release date: May 2007
    Deletion date: November 2018
    Archive Service
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