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His Majestie's Clerkes: Billings - Early American Choral Music Vol 1

Song NameComposer
O Praise the Lord of HeavenWilliam Billings
Is any afflictedWilliam Billings
EmmausWilliam Billings
AfricaWilliam Billings
Funeral Anthem: Samuel the PriestWilliam Billings
ShilohWilliam Billings
JordanWilliam Billings
I am the Rose of SharonWilliam Billings
EuroclydonWilliam Billings
Hear my PrayerWilliam Billings
RutlandWilliam Billings
David's lamentationWilliam Billings
As the Hart pantethWilliam Billings
Creation BrookfieldWilliam Billings
Easter Anthem: The Lord is ris'n indeedWilliam Billings

Directed by Paul Hillier

William Billings (1746-1800), a Boston tanner and self-taught composer & singing master, was the foremost of a group of New England Psalmodists who flourished in the early years of American political independence. By the time his first tunebook, "The New England Psalm Singer," appeared in print in 1770, Billings had mastered both small and large-scale forms. The fine British a cappella choral group His Majestie's Clerkes does full justice to this wonderfully melodic, rich-harmonied Christian church music. Included are 16 songs: "O Praise the Lord of Heaven," "Is any afficted," "Emmaus," "Africa" (a personal favorite), funeral anthem: "Samuel the Priest," the joyful " Shiloh" (another favorite), "Jordan," the wonderful "I am the Rose of Sharon," "Euroclydon," "Hear my Pray'r," "Rutland," "David's lamentation," the sweet fugue "As the Hart panteth," "Creation," the powerful, dramatic "Brookfield," and the Easter Anthem: "The Lord is ris'n indeed" (the strongest song on the CD). This is incredible stuff, and looking for comparisons, what comes to mind are the choruses from Handel's "Messiah"--but we're hearing these songs for the first time, and we're being treated to the work of a little-known American genius. Highly recommended!

Item code: 6924C | 1 CD | $11.98 |add item to cart
Choral | A Cappella | Mixed | United States

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