Henry Purcell (1659-1695) Now that the sun hath veiled his light ‘An Evening Hymn’ – YouTube

Purcell Closterman Small Purcell’s setting of Bishop William Fuller’s ‘Evening Hymn’ is utterly different to the type of music that he normally wrote for the church. This isn’t a gloriously impressive anthem written to impress the congregation in the Chapel Royal. Instead it’s a quiet, almost private, meditation, sung by a solo treble. Purcell based it on a five-bar ground and adjusted the vocal entries to disguise the repetitions in the bass so the treble had to be a very skilled singer. The hymn ends with a ‘Halleluia’ that is very different indeed from how Purcell normally set the word.


2 thoughts on “Henry Purcell (1659-1695) Now that the sun hath veiled his light ‘An Evening Hymn’ – YouTube

  1. I’m so glad I stumbled across your site while looking for the lyrics to one of Purcell’s solos. His Evening Hymn has long been one of my favourites. Another favourite from the same album by the King’s Consort is Praise the Lord, O my soul, O Lord my God. The symphony is a fine example of Purcell’s writing for strings and the soloists (Michael George and Rogers Covey-Crump) are first rate.

    Robert King did the musical world a great service when he recorded all of the anthems and services, the secular solo songs and the odes and welcome songs in the 1990s. All of the albums have given me hours of pleasure, although I must admit I prefer the anthems and services over the odes and welcome songs, at least in part because listening to the obsequious lyrics in the odes and welcome songs becomes tiring after a while.

    • We share a great liking for both his Evening Hymn and Praise the Lord, O my soul, O Lord my God – I agree with you about the textual superiority of the religious music. Kings Consort are superb their Hyperion recordings were ground-breaking in every way. If you haven’t yet explored their recordings on VIVAT I urge you to do so. Everything I’ve bought has been simply superb.



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