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When Archbishop Cranmer was compiling the first authorized English Prayer book (1549), he was assisted by a group of thirteen divines known, appropriately for this recording (as it met within sight of Eton College), as the Windsor Commission; but his own style and sure linguistic touch run through the whole book.
In devising the office of Evensong, Cranmer combined the old Breviary offices of Vespers and Compline, but with his extensive knowledge of Continental liturgies to draw upon as well, he was able to produce a service which was distinctive in format and felicitous in expression.In 1440 King Henry VI founded Eton College in honour of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
At the same time he founded a sister college, Kings College in Cambridge, and gave each its chapel in magnificent Perpendicular style. The Foundation of Eton College provided ten men and sixteen boys to sing the services and, with a few breaks, the choir has been singing in the chapel from then until the present day.
|1||02:24||Organ: Andante tranquillo (Sonata No. 3)||F. Mendelsshon|
|2||03:26||Introit: My soul, there is a country||C. H. H. Parry|
|4||01:56||Psalm 126 In convertendo||James Turle|
|5||02:16||Psalm 127 Nisi Dominus||Thomas Dupuis|
|6||02:36||Psalm 128 Beati omnes||Peter Hurford|
|7||02:14||Psalm 129 Sæpe expugnaverunt||John Goss|
|8||02:41||Psalm 130 De profundis||Henry Purcell|
|9||02:00||Psalm 131 Domine, non est||C. H. Lloyd|
|10||02:51||First Lesson: Is. 35, 1-10||C. H. Lloyd|
|11||02:34||Office Hymn: Lord of Beauty||Walter Parratt|
|12||08:15||Magnificat (Great Service)||C. H. H. Parry|
|13||01:30||Second Lesson: Lk. 4, 16-22||C. H. H. Parry|
|14||03:56||Nunc dimittis (Great Service)||C. H. H. Parry|
|15||01:02||Creed||C. H. H. Parry|
|16||01:28||Preces and Responses||William Byrd|
|18||08:09||Anthem: Take him, earth, for cherishing||Herbert Howells|
|20||01:27||The Founder’s Prayer||Henry Ley|
|22||06:34||Organ: Rhapsody No. 3||Herbert Howells|