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Orlando Gibbons

Orlando Gibbons

Born: 1583 Died: 1625

Orlando Gibbons, born in Oxford, came of a musical family, like his near contemporary, Thomas Tomkins. His father William (c. 1540-1595) was appointed one of the waits at Cambridge in 1567, a fact which, at this time, would indicate that he was a singer or instrumentalist, or both. Orlando's brothers Edward (c. 1570-c. 1650) and Ellis (1573-1603) are each represented by a small number of surviving works. Christopher (1615-1676), his son, was to achieve an estimable position as a composer of the baroque period. As might be expected, some confusion in attributions has resulted from the fact that several members of the family composed. Orlando, in 1596, entered the choir at King's College, Cambridge. He became organist of the Chapel Royal in 1605, and in 1606 took the degree of Mus. Bac. at Cambridge. On May 17, 1622, the Chair of History at Oxford was founded by William Camden (1551-1623), the antiquary and historian, and at his request the degree of Mus. Doc. was conferred upon Gibbons on this occasion. In 1623, Gibbons became organist of Westminster Abbey, and as such he officiated at James I's funeral in 1625. Soon thereafter he himself died suddenly at Canterbury where, with the rest of the Chapel Royal, he had gone in attendance upon Charles I; the new king was waiting there to leave for Dover and meet his bride Henrietta Maria upon her arrival from France.

Orlando GibbonsGibbons' lifetime corresponded to the highest point in English music - a time when it dominated the music of the continent as it had never done before and would barely do since - moreover, he was known for 'the best finger of that age.' His position among the private musicians of Prince Charles (later King Charles I) helped to inaugurate one of the greatest eras in chamber music that Western music has seen. Together with his colleagues, the composers Alfonso Ferrabosco II, John Coprario, and Thomas Lupo, Gibbons pioneered new scorings and approaches in consort music which would lead to a repertory eclipsed in volume and depth only by the works of the Viennese School. It was presumably due largely to his influence that organ accompaniment became standard in consort works, otherwise for strings.

Gibbons is also well-known for his sacred choral music, of which he left a substantial volume. He was among the first major English choral composers schooled entirely in the Protestant universe, and his highly polished English anthems are among the finest in the repertory. He is still regarded as one of the great masters of the verse anthem, in which sections for full choir alternate with passages for soloists and organ (or viol consort) accompaniment. His magnificent 'Second Service' (in the 'verse' style) continues to be one of the most highly regarded masterpieces in the genre. Gibbons also composed numerous consort songs, both as purely vocal madrigals--he published his sole volume of madrigals in 1613--and as solo songs with viol consort accompaniments. His strongly evocative 'Cries of London' is one of the most peculiar and strangely effective consort songs of the period. Gibbons' lifetime saw a huge volume of music composed in England, in exactly the genres he employed. However, the quality of his output in both sacred choral and chamber music allows him to stand head and shoulders above the many fine composers of his generation. His music continues to be widely admired today, while his choral music has been a constant part of the English cathedral repertory. In fact, no less a personage than the pianist Glenn Gould has named Gibbons as his favorite composer.

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Orlando Gibbons : Five English Anthems : SATB divisi : 01 Songbook : Orlando Gibbons : 888680098377 : 00154024

Orlando Gibbons : Five English Anthems

Review: The choral music of Orlando Gibbons (1583-1625) is unusual among his Tudor contemporaries for being all in English (as far as we know), and is of the very highest quality. This collection provides an excellent value and includes five examples of the work of this rare genius: Almighty and everlasting God; Drop, drop slow tears; Hosanna to the Son of David; Lift up your heads; O Clap Your Hands.

Songlist: Lift Up Your Heads, Drop Drop Slow Tears, O Clap Your Hands, Almighty And Everlasting God, Hosanna To The Son Of David

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Choir of King's College, Cambridge : Orlando Gibbons - Tudor Church Music : 00  1 CD : Philip Ledger : Orlando Gibbons : GAU 123

Choir of King's College, Cambridge : Orlando Gibbons - Tudor Church Music

Review: Orlando Gibbons began his association with Kings College, Cambridge as a chorister under the direction of his eldest brother from 1596 to 1598. His talent was such that by the age of 21 he was sharing the duties as an organist. In 1623 he accepted the additional appointment as organist at Westminster Abbey; but he died suddenly just 2 years later. He was not a prolific composer, but his works include many masterpieces some of which are on this disc. One of his most outstanding verse anthems is: "This is the record of John". It is recorded on this disc by the Kings College Choir featuring Michael Chance as the countertenor soloist; and few have ever performed this as well as Chance. His tone quality, his diction, his emotional investment in the music goes way beyond other renditions. Another bright spot in this group of pieces is the verse anthem: "See, see, the word is incarnate" featuring the choir with a group of outstanding soloists: Paul Smy (boy soprano); Chance, Jones (altos); Daniels, Rivers (tenors);Finley (bass).Some of the other selections are: anthems: "A Mighty and Everlasting God"; "Lift up your heads". The London Early Music group does much of the accompanying. The Choir with its boy sopranos and male altos are dictionally perfect and so enjoyable to hear.

Songlist: Almighty and Everlasting God, Magnificat, Voluntary, Nunc Dimittis, Fantasia for Double Organ, Magnificat, Now Shall the Praises of the Lord be Sung, Nunc Dimittis, This Is The Record of John, O Lord of Hosts, O Thou, The Central Orb, A Song of Joy Unto the Lord We Sing, See, see, The Word is Incarnate, Come Kiss Me With Those Lips of Thine, Lift Up Your Heads, Fantasia, Hosanna To The Son of David

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FantasiaOrlando GibbonsChoir of King's College, CambridgeOrlando Gibbons - Tudor Church Music 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
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Hosanna To The Son Of DavidOrlando GibbonsCambridge SingersFaire Is The Heaven 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
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Hosanna to the Son of DavidOrlando GibbonsBemidji Choir and Chamber SingersGloria 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
Introit for Lent or PassiontidePhilip LedgerOrlando GibbonsPhilip Ledger (editor)Anthems for Choirs 3 (Sopranos & Altos)SongbookMORE DETAILS 
Jesu, grant me this I prayOrlando GibbonsLionel Dakers / John Scott (Edited by)Ash Wednesday to Easter for ChoirsSongbookMORE DETAILS 
Lift Up Your HeadsOrlando GibbonsChoir of King's College, CambridgeOrlando Gibbons - Tudor Church Music 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
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MagnificatOrlando GibbonsChoir of King's College, CambridgeOrlando Gibbons - Tudor Church Music 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
MagnificatOrlando GibbonsChoir of King's College, CambridgeOrlando Gibbons - Tudor Church Music 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
Magnificat and Nunc DimittisOrlando GibbonsBemidji Choir and Chamber SingersThere's Room For All 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
Now Shall the Praises of the Lord be SungOrlando GibbonsChoir of King's College, CambridgeOrlando Gibbons - Tudor Church Music 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
Nunc DimittisOrlando GibbonsChoir of King's College, CambridgeOrlando Gibbons - Tudor Church Music 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
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O all true faithful heartsOrlando GibbonsSixteenThomas Tallis : Spem in alium 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
O Clap Your HandsOrlando GibbonsChanticleerOut Of This World 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
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O For a Heart to Praise my GodK.K.D.Orlando GibbonsKatherine DavisThe Green Hill - for three part choir SSASongbookMORE DETAILS 
O Lord of HostsOrlando GibbonsChoir of King's College, CambridgeOrlando Gibbons - Tudor Church Music 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
O Lord, Increase My Faith Orlando GibbonsNational Lutheran ChoirPacem 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
O that the Learned PoetsOrlando GibbonsPhilip Ledger (editor)Oxford Book of English MadrigalsSongbookMORE DETAILS 
O Thou, The Central OrbOrlando GibbonsChoir of King's College, CambridgeOrlando Gibbons - Tudor Church Music 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
Round about her charretOrlando GibbonsKing's SingersTriumph Of Oriana 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
See, see, The Word is IncarnateOrlando GibbonsChoir of King's College, CambridgeOrlando Gibbons - Tudor Church Music 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
See, See, The Word Is Incarnate Orlando GibbonsLionel Pike (Editor)Tudor Anthems - 50 Motets and Anthems for Mixed Voice ChoirSongbookMORE DETAILS 
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