Samuel Arnold: Hear, O thou Shepherd (Choral Music)
Treble, Tenor, Bass Voice, Organ
This work is published as a saddle-stitch score book for reference and study.
About the work:
This hitherto unpublished anthem was composed for the Chapel Royal, sometime after Arnold’s appointment there in 1782. Using verses from Psalm 80, the work is a mix of choral textures and deft word setting that mirrors the Handelian model. A tenor aria (with an optional cello obbligato) is the emotional heart of the work, while the final chorus brings the anthem to an elevated climax. The edition, with realizations by David Vine, is edited and introduced by Robert Hoskins. The source text is in the Bodleian Library, Oxford.
Samuel Arnold (1740-1802) was a popular theatre composer in London during the latter half of the eighteenth century, his output including The Maid of the Mill (1765), the first modern English opera with action finales, Polly (1777), a modernized version of the sequel to The Beggar’s Opera, and Inkle and Yarico (1787), the first anti-slavery opera. Along with his theatre activities, Arnold was organist and composer to the Chapel Royal, organist to Westminster Abbey, conductor of the Academy of Ancient Music, and the first editor of Handel’s works. His oratorio The Hymn of Adam and Eve (1802) is a major post-Handelian achievement.