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John Blow, (baptized Feb. 23, 1649, Newark-on-Trent, Nottinghamshire, Eng.—died Oct. 1, 1708, Westminster, London), organist and composer, remembered for his church music and for Venus and Adonis, which is regarded as the earliest surviving English opera.

He was probably educated at the Magnus Song School in Nottinghamshire and in 1660 became a chorister at the Chapel Royal. He was appointed organist of Westminster Abbey (1668), and in 1669 he became one of the king’s musicians for virginals. In March 1674 he was sworn in as a gentleman of the Chapel Royal and became master of the children, a position he held until his death. He had great influence on the choristers under him and also on his student, Henry Purcell. In 1676 or 1677 he became one of the Chapel Royal organists, and in 1677 the dean and chapter of Canterbury conferred on him a doctorate of music—the first instance of what became known as a Lambeth Degree in music.

In 1679 Blow was succeeded as organist at Westminster Abbey by Purcell; he was reappointed after Purcell’s death in 1695. The years 1680–1700 were the most productive and prosperous of his life. In 1687 he became master of the children of St. Paul’s, a position he held for 16 years; and in 1699 he received his last appointment, as first composer to the Chapel Royal.

Blow’s official positions entailed the writing of much religious and secular ceremonial music. At least 10 services and more than 100 anthems are extant, and many remain in regular use. He was at his best in the writing of full anthems in a simple chordal or contrapuntal style with melodies of great strength and sweetness developed over a ground bass. He excelled also in the writing of services; outstanding is his Service in G Major. His Venus and Adonis, written between 1680 and 1685 for performance at court and called by him A Masque for the Entertainment of the King, was important in the development of English opera. It is the first surviving dramatic work with English text in which the whole text is set to music without either spoken dialogue or extraneous musical entertainment. His songs for one, two, three, and four voices, which appear in many contemporary collections and in his own Amphion Anglicus (1700), are notable for their charm of melody.

Encyclopædia Britannica

 
 
 
 
Vox Luminis, John Blow, God spake sometime in visions
 
God spake sometime in visions

written for the coronation of King James II of England

Vox Luminis

Zsuzsi Toth, Alice Foccroulle
Barnabas Hegyi, Jan Kullmann
Olivier Berten, Robert Buckland
Bertrand Delvaux, Lionel Meunier (artistic direction)

Joanna Huszcza - Violin I
Marcin Lasia - Violin II
Jacek Kurzydło - Viola
Simon Linne - Theorbo
Ricardo Rodriguez Miranda - Viola da Gamba
Anthony Romaniuk - Organ

LIVE at the Midsummer Festival in Hardelot (F)
25.06.2011

the concert was filmed by WEO and aired by Arte LIVE Web

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
John Blow: Venus and Adonis
 
Venus and Adonis by John Blow (1649 -- 1708)

Roles:
Venus- Sophie Daneman
Adonis- Roderick Williams
Cupid- Elin Manahan Thomas

Pieces:
0:00 Overture
3:40 Prologue: Behold my arrows and my bow (Cupid, Shepherdess, Chorus)
10:43 Prologue: Cupid's Entry
12:00 Prologue: Tune for flutes
14:36 Act I: Venus (Adonis, Venus)
17:03 Act I: Hunters' music (Venus, Adonis)
20:55 Act I: Come follow, follow to the noblest games (Chorus, Huntsman)
23:27 Act I: A dance by a huntsman
24:46 Act I: Act tune
26:40 Act II: You place with such delightful care (Cupid, Venus)
28:36 Act II: Cupids' Lesson (Cupid, Venus)
31:39 Act II: The insolent, the arrogant (Cupid, Little Cupids - A dance of the Cupids
33:07 Act II: Call the graces (Venus, Cupid)
34:15 Act II: Mortals below, Cupids above (Chorus of the Graces)
35:37 Act II: The Graces' Dance
37:03 Act II: Gavatt
37:49 Act II: Saraband for the Graces
39:09 Act II: A Ground
41:00 Act II: Act Tune
43:38 Act III: Adonis (Venus, Adonis)
48:40 Act III: With solemn pomp let mourning Cupids bear (Venus, Chorus)

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
John Blow Venus & Adonis (Act I)
 
Venus & Adonis.
A Masque for the entertainment of de King.

Act. I

7.The Act tune.
8.Adonis,Venus. Venus!Adonis!
9.Hunter´s Music,Venus Hark, hark the rural music sounds.
10.Adonis,Venus. Adonis will no hunt today.
11.Huntsman,Adonis,Chorus. Come, follow the noblest game.
12.Entry: A dance by a Huntsman.

Venus: Rosemary Joshua, soprano
Adonis: Gerald Finley, baryton
Cupid: Ribin Blazem, contre-tenor
Shepherdess: Maria Cristina Kiehr, soprano
Shepherds:Christopher Josey, contre-tenor John Bowen, tenor Jonathan Brown,basse
Grace: Maria Cristina Kierh,soprano Robin Blaze, contra-tenor Jonathan Brown, basse
Huntsman: Christopher Josey, contre-tenor.
Little Cupids: Sopranos du choeur.

Clare College Chapel Choir, Timothy Brown

Orchestra of the Age of Enlighenment.
Directo. René Jacobs.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
John Blow - A Ground (Venus and Adonis)
 
Boston Early Music Festival Chamber Ensemble
Paul O'Dette, Stephen Stubbs
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
John Blow - An Ode on the Death of Mr. Henry Purcell (1695)
 
AN ODE ON THE DEATH OF MR. HENRY PURCELL (1695) for 2 countertenors, 2 flutes & continuo, by John Blow.

Libretto by John Dryden (1631-1700)
(London, H. Playford, 1696)

Part 1
I. Duet: Mark how the lark and linnet sing

Part 2
II. Solo: So ceas'd the rival crew when Purcell came
III. Solo: The pow'r of Harmony too well they know

Part 3
IV. Duet: The heav'nly choir who heard his notes

Performed by Deller Consort & Stour Music Festival Chamber Orchestra

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
John Blow: Salvator Mundi
 
Salvator Mundi

Aarhus Baroque Choir

Michael Hvas Thomsen, conductor.

Ole Vedel Villumsen, continuo.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
John Blow II Suite in re min 1696
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
John Blow - Suite IV in do mag
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
John Blow Suite V in re min
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
John Blow VI Suite in sol min
 
Suite VI in sol min
Cembalista
Falerno Ducande
Arcade et musico
pastore
Romano
 
 
 
 
 
 
     
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