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Discography: (US) Harmonia Early Music: "John Blow Symphony Anthems" (by Janelle David, 10 Dec 2016)

Contributed by admin on Dec 17, 2016 - 01:49 PM

"Chapel music, coronations, criminal conspiracies, charitable concerts, a chancel consecration…all occasions around which English composer, John Blow, composed concerted music that as a genre, we call Symphony Anthems. ...

A symphony anthem is a multi-sectional Anglican piece that alternates between sections for a solo voice or voices (i.e. the ‘verse’) and the full choir.  When these anthems include additional instrumental accompaniment and instrumental interludes, they are referred to as ‘Symphony Anthems’.

John Blow composed many of of his symphony anthems during the decade or so that he was employed by Charles II in the Chapel Royal starting in 1674.  In fact, we may even " ...

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