Broderip : The beauty of Israel is slain : Printable cover page
Composer: John Broderip (1719 - 1770)
Forces: S.A.T.B. + reduction
Lyrics: 2 Samuel, Ch. 1, v.19,20,24,25
It seems unlikely that this anthem could have been performed by a choir less trained than that of Broderip's own Wells Cathedral: the lack of a figured bass suggests that the anthem was intended to be performed unaccompanied. The reduction provided should ideally be used only for practice purposes.
2 Samuel, Ch. 1 was specified in the Book of Common Prayer as a proper lesson at morning prayer for 30th January, the anniversary of the execution (1649) of Charles, King and Martyr. Introduced in 1662 as part of the post-restauration settlement, the liturgies for 30th January, 29th May (Restauration Day) and 5th November (Guy Fawkes' Day) were included in the BCP until 1859.
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