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John Blow: Symphony Anthems - Alexander Chance (counter tenor); Brian McAlea (bass); Edward Beswick (treble); George Robarts (bass);...
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  1. God Spake Sometime in Visions for soloists, chorus & orchestra
  2. Hear my voice, O God, verse anthem for chorus, 2 violins, organ & continuo
  3. O sing unto the Lord a new song, for he hath done, verse anthem for chorus & organ
  4. When the Son of man, anthem
  5. When Israel came out of Egypt, verse anthem for chorus, 2 violins, viola, organ & continuo
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  1. God Spake Sometime in Visions for soloists, chorus & orchestra
  2. Hear my voice, O God, verse anthem for chorus, 2 violins, organ & continuo
  3. O sing unto the Lord a new song, for he hath done, verse anthem for chorus & organ
  4. When the Son of man, anthem
  5. When Israel came out of Egypt, verse anthem for chorus, 2 violins, viola, organ & continuo
  6. I was glad when they said unto me, for chorus
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A symphony anthem is more commonly known as a verse anthem; it is a large multi-sectional Anglican piece that, unlike the motet, alternates solo (or small-group) verses with full-choir sections. The symphony anthem designation was often applied to pieces that contained substantial instrumental parts. That's true of these works by John Blow, organist at Westminster Abbey and teacher to Henry Purcell. Blow didn't have his student's gift for melodies that cling, and he's known mostly for some short pieces that contain striking ...

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