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Antiphon, anthem for mixed chorus and organ (1977)

• Composition: 1977
First Performance: 20 November 1977. St. Paul’s Church, Rochester, New York. Choir of St. Paul’s Church, David Fetler conductor, David Craighead organ.
Duration: About 3 minutes
Text: George Herbert (1593–1633)
Tempo: Maestoso [128 m.]
Dedication: “Commissioned for the 150th Anniversary of Saint Paul’s Church, Rochester, New York.”
Craggs Catalogue Number: C94
Performing Forces: Mixed chorus (SATB) Organ
Manuscript: Frederick R. Koch Collection. Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University. Manuscript FRKF 618. Autograph score in pencil. Dated ‘1977’. 8 pages.
Publication:
Oxford University Press. Vocal score, 1978, 019 3503662, Oxford Anthems # A326.
Oxford University Press. Edited by Timothy Brown. William Walton Edition, Volume 6, “Shorter Choral Works without Orchestra”, 1999, ISBN 0-19-359432-3.
[Purchase online from SheetMusicPlus.com: William Walton Edition, Volume 6]
Arrangements: Arranged for choir, organ and brass, by Christopher Palmer, 1990. Instrumentation: 4 trumpets, 4 horns, 4 trombones, tuba – timpani, 3 percussion – harp – organ. Publication: Oxford University Press. Score and parts are available on hire only.

Recordings:

Chorus Conductor Organist Year Compact Disc Timing
Choir of Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford Stephen Darlington Simon Lawford 1987 Nimbus NI 7021 3’25”
Choir of Trinity College, Cambridge Richard Marlow Richard Jackson or
Graham Pearce
1988 Conifer CDCF 164 3’18”
The Bach Choir, The Philharmonia  [arr. Palmer] Sir David Willcocks John Scott 1991 Chandos CHAN 8998 2’54”
The Finzi Singers Paul Spicer Andrew Lumsden 1992 Chandos CHAN 9222 3’02”
Choir of Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford Stephen Darlington Stephen Farr 1992 Nimbus NI 5364 3’17”
Choir of St. John’s College, Cambridge Christopher Robinson Christopher Whitton 2001 Naxos 8.555793 3’10”
Polyphony, The Wallace Collection  [arr. Palmer] Stephen Layton James Vivian 2002 Hyperion CDA67330 2’57”

 

Text:
        Let all the world in ev’ry corner sing,
        My God and King!

    The heav’ns are not too high,
    His praise may thither fly;
    The earth is not too low,
    His praises there may grow.

        Let all the world in ev’ry corner sing,
        My God and King!

    The Church with psalms must shout,
    No door can keep them out;
    But above all, the heart
    Must bear the longest part.

        Let all the world in ev’ry corner sing,
        My God and King!

    —  George Herbert  (1593–1633)