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                                  Church Music Composers
FARRANT, Richard (d.1580). Born in either  or , he was a Gentleman of the Chapel Royal (that is ‘a singer’), joint-organist of St George’s Chapel in Windsor from  and also Master of the Chapel Royal from . He composed morning and evening services and the anthems Call to remembrance, Hide not thou thy face and When as we sat in Babylon (one of the first ‘verse anthems’). The anthem Lord, for thy tender mercies sake used to be attributed to him, but is now thought to be the work of John Hilton (c.–c.).
FAURÉ, Gabriel (1845–1924). Although we now regard Fauré as a great composer, he struggled for recognition in his own time and earned so little from his compositions that he needed the income from his posts as choirmaster and organist to Parisian churches to survive. He eventually became director of the Paris Conservatoire in . His Requiem and Cantique de Jean Racine are firm favourites.
GIBBONS, Orlando (1583–1625). Served at the Chapel Royal through the whole of the reign of King James I and was also organist of Westminster Abbey for the last two years of his life. Recognised as one of the greatest musicians of his time, all his church music has English texts: his Short and Second Services and anthems such as Hosanna to the Son of David, O clap your hands and O Lord, in thy wrath. He was a pioneer in writing verse-anthems such as This is the record of John and See, see the Word is incarnate. His hymn tunes, known as Songs, such as Song 1, Song 13 and Song 34 still feature in most hymn books. Very little of his music was published in his lifetime.
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