Music of The Pater Noster: The Lord’s Prayer – Robert Stone (1516-1613)

Reformation and counter-reformation Latin or English? English composers during the turbulent years of the Tudors had to tread a careful path. One composer who evidently succeeded was Robert Stone who died a respected member of the musical establishment on the second of July 1613 aged 97 .  I haven’t been able to find out very much about him he was a yeoman of the Chapel Royal who was promoted to Gentleman before Edward VI’s death – which leads me to suppose that Edward VI’s fervently protestant government considered sufficiently "Protestant" to be "one of us".  His setting of the Lord’s Prayer was published in 1565 by  John Day in his Certaine Notes but is known to have been composed about 15 years before that. Thus it’s a (very) early example of a setting for the Anglican office in which (as in Latin settings of the prayer for compline) the prayer initiates a series of versicles and responses. It’s sung below by the choristers of The Choir of The Abbey School, Tewkesbury, conducted by Benjamin Nicholas. Enjoy :-).


Text: The Lord’s Prayer

Our Father, which art in heaven,

hallowed be thy name;

Thy kingdom come; thy will be done,

In earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread.

And forgive us our trespasses,

As we forgive them that trespass against us.

And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil.


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