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Weelkes: Anthems

Song NameComposer
Hosanna to the son of DavidThomas Weelkes
Give ear, O LordThomas Weelkes
All people clap your handsThomas Weelkes
What joy so trueThomas Weelkes
O Lord, grant the king a long lifeThomas Weelkes
Lord, to thee I make my moanThomas Weelkes
All laud and praiseThomas Weelkes
Lachrimae Pavan Thomas Morley
A remembrance of my friend Thomas MorleyThomas Weelkes
Passymeasures Pavan Thomas Morley
Gloria in excelsis DeoThomas Weelkes
When David heardThomas Weelkes
Give the king thy judgementsThomas Weelkes
O Lord, ariseThomas Weelkes
O how amiable are thy dwellingsThomas Weelkes
Most mighty and all-knowing LordThomas Weelkes
Alleluia, I heard a voiceThomas Weelkes

If Weelkes stands slightly apart from his contemporaries then it is because he was perhaps the nearest the English got to a 'dare-devil'. The traits of the boldest compositions of his 1600 madrigal collection dig surprisingly deeply into the baroque psyche without ever drawing on specific 'baroque' practices: impetuosity, restlessness, a love of bold and startling symbolism, concentrated gestures, and an ambition for large structural coherence - all characteristics which would have found a natural home fifty years later. But when the madrigal soon, and ironically for Weelkes, became an anachronism he willingly turned his attention to the church, committed as he was to the bastion of counterpoint. However tempting it is to think of an innovator stifled by the conservatism of his age, the relatively experimental devices in the madrigals are surprisingly unintegral to Weelkes's musical style. He was never particularly responsive to words; as Hosanna to the son of David and Alleluia! I heard a voice display, his music is essentially driven by sonorous textures and an engagingly direct desire to set a text with the minimum of fuss.

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Early Music | A Cappella | Mixed | England

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