Pelham Humfrey  
Pelham Humfrey
Pelham Humfrey, (born 1647 or 1648—died July 14, 1674, Windsor, Berkshire, Eng.), English composer and lutenist, especially admired for his anthems and sacred solo songs.

Humfrey was a chorister in the Chapel Royal under Capt. Henry Cooke and at age 17 was sent to France and Italy to study. While abroad he was appointed royal lutenist and gentleman of the Chapel. He returned to England in 1667 and later succeeded Cooke as master of the children, one of his pupils being Henry Purcell. He also was composer for the king’s violins. He produced many fine works, particularly anthems. In his solo songs with continuo, he shows great care in reflecting the feeling and accentuation of the texts in the music and was one of the English masters of the monodic style. He also wrote incidental music for plays by William Wycherly and John Dryden and for Shakespeare’s The Tempest. Many of his songs appear in the collections published by John Playford.

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Pelham Humfrey - Magnificat
Humfrey's Magnificat sung by the choir of St. John's College Cambridge
Pelham Humfrey  - "By the waters of Babylon"
Anthem para 2 tenores e baixo solistas,

coro a 4 vozes, conjunto instrumental e baixo contínuo

madrigal do 21º Festival Internacional de Música Colonial Barsileira e Música Antiga de Juiz de Fora - MG - Brasil - julho de 2010 - regência Homero de Magalhães Filho

Pelham Humphrey: Hymn to God the Father - Blaze (King)
Wilt thou forgive that sin',
also known as 'Hymn to God the Father'

Sacred song for soprano and basso continuo

Text: John Donne (1572-1631)

Music: Pelham Humphrey (1647-1674)

Published in 'Harmonia Sacra', I (London: Henry Playford, 1688)

Robin Blaze, countertenor

Susanne Heinrich, bass viol
Lynda Sayce, theorbo
Robert King, chamber organ

Concert: 30 July 2010 in Vendsyssel (Frederikshavn Kirke)

Pitch: transposed down a third minor

Hymn to God the Father

Wilt thou forgive that Sin, where I began, which was my Sin tho' it were done before?
Wilt thou forgive that Sin, through which I run, and do run still, tho' still I do deplore?
When thou hast done, thou hast not done, for I have more.
Wilt thou forgive that Sin, by which I've won others to sin, and made my Sin their dore?
Wilt thou forgive that Sin, which I did shun a year or two, yet wallow'd in a score?
When thou hast done, thou hast not done, for I have more.
I have a Sin of Fear, that when I've spun my last Thread, I shall perish on the shore;
But swear by thyself that at my Death, thy Sun shall shine, as he shines now and heretofore,
And having done that, thou hast done. I fear no more.

The score featured in this video is from 'Harmonia Sacra'.


Anthem - Lift Up Your Heads - Pelham Humfrey
P.Humfrey "Lift up your Heads, O ye Gates". Intrada, Moscow
P.Humfrey "Lift up your Heads, O ye Gates", Intrada vocal group, director Ekaterina Antonenko, organ Michael Antonenko, Small Hall of Moscow Conservatory, Moscow, March 4, 2010.
Alfred Deller sings Humfrey and Purcell - RARE
The great countertenor, Alfred Deller, sings:

1. "Hymne to God the father" by Pelham Humfrey (with Geraint Jones, 1951)
2. "Richard II -- retired from any mortal sight" by Henry Purcell (with Terence Weil, cello; Basil Lam, harpsichord; 1953)

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