Composer Spotlight Lent III: Henry Purcell

February 25, 2016 Comments Off on Composer Spotlight Lent III: Henry Purcell

The choral music scheduled at St. Luke’s for the Third Sunday in Lent (February 28th) will be:

  • Thomas Stoltzer – Oculi mei (Introit)
  • Henry Purcell – Hear my prayer, O Lord
  • Thomas Morley – Agnus Dei
  • Pierre de Manchicourt — Ne reminiscaris

– Blog Editor


Henry Purcell, Composer in Ordinary to the King and Organist of Westminster
Abbey, composed his vast corpus of church music not for the parochial church
but for two of England’s greatest institutions, the Abbey and the Chapel
Royal.  At the crossroads of the great English polyphonic tradition and the
new dramatic, monodic and concertante style imported from Italy, Purcell
established his own manner and served the two styles with equal inspiration.

Hear My Prayer is a massive essay for eight-part chorus in the art of old-fashioned counterpoint and expressive dissonance. It seems to be a surviving fragment of a longer work, and may have been written for the funeral of Charles II in 1685.

– David Shuler, Director of Music

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