About 100 Years of British Coronations
A dazzling pageant of ceremonial music premiered in London: from Purcell’s ‘My Heart is Inditing’ to Handel’s blazing ‘Zadok, taking in lesser-known gems from Jeremiah Clarke, Henry Cooke, John Blow and William Boyce’s glorious ‘The King Shall Rejoice’, gleaming with trumpets. These were the resplendent works that accompanied the crowning of Kings and Queens, from the Restoration of Charles II to the coronation of George III.
Behold, O God, our defender (Charles I, 1661)
My heart is inditing (James II, 1685)
The Lord God is a Sun and a Shield (William and Mary, 1689)
Praise the Lord, O Jerusalem (Anne, 1702)
The Lord is a Sun and a Shield (George I, 1714)
Zadok the priest; Let Thy hand be strengthened; My heart is inditing (George II, 1727)
The King shall rejoice (George III, 1761)
Edward Higginbottom Director
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