Music Notes for Easter II

The Parish Choir will once again be singing Herbert Howells’s setting of the Jubilate (Collegium Regale) written for King’s College Cambridge in 1944 (see Holy Week and Easter Music Notes for further information).
Schubert-Franz-1797-1828The Offertory Anthem, which corresponds to the readings for the day, will be Franz Schubert‘s (1797-1828) simple pastoral setting of Psalm 23 for piano and women’s voices, Gott ist mein hirt D. 706. Written originally as a vocal exercise, it was composed in December of 1820 at the request of Schubert’s friend, Anna Frohlich (1793-1880), for her singing students. Schubert is ranked among the greatest composers of the late-Classical and early Romantic periods. Initially taught by his father, who was a parish schoolmaster, and his brother, he later went on to receive tuition from Vienna’s leading composer-musician, Antonio Salieri (1750-1825). His compositions in 1819 and 1820 show a marked advance in development and maturity. He died prematurely at the age of 31, having officially been diagnosed with Typhoid Fever but other theories abound.
— Giles Brightwell