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Behold, O God our defender

composer
25 December 1952; commissioned as the introit for the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II
author of text
Psalm 84: 9-10

 
In November 1952, Howells was invited to compose a short Introit for the Coronation Service of Queen Elizabeth II. The text was to be verses from Psalm 84, beginning ‘Behold, O God our defender’. He completed this quiet, reflective prelude to a great state occasion at the end of that year, on Christmas Day. For the Coronation itself the combined choirs were large and Howells provided a fully orchestrated score, but this sensitive anthem is more usually heard, as here, with smaller forces and organ accompaniment.

from notes by Paul Andrews © 2016

Recordings

Howells: Collegium Regale & other choral works
Studio Master: CDA68105Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
Howells: St Paul's Service & other works
CDA66260Archive Service
Howells: The house of the mind & other choral works
Studio Master: SIGCD491Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

Details

Track 13 on CDA68105 [3'29]
Track 5 on CDA66260 [4'02] Archive Service
Track 1 on SIGCD491 [4'08] Download only

Track-specific metadata for SIGCD491 track 1

Artists
ISRC
GB-LLH-18-49101
Duration
4'08
Recording date
11 January 2017
Recording venue
Church of St Michael and All Angels, Oxford, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Adrian Peacock
Recording engineer
David Hinitt
Hyperion usage
  1. Howells: The house of the mind & other choral works (SIGCD491)
    Disc 1 Track 1
    Release date: June 2018
    Download only
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