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When David heard
Thomas Weelkes Lyrics

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Eric Whitacre When David heard that Absalom was slain, he went up into…

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As Vesta was from Latmos hill descending As Vesta was from Latmos hill descending, She spied a maiden…

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David Leimkuehler

Tomkins is MUCH better

hamilton arnold

@James Yeager When I sang this in college (50+ years ago) it was always incredible to resolve such sorrow into a quiet major coda. Still gets me every time I hear it.

James Yeager

Weelkes gives a clearer rhetoric to the text with homophonic blocks, whereas Tomkins paints the text very touchingly with layers of polyphony. Both stand on equal footing as exemplars of Tudor choral art. That Tomkins outlived Weelkes by three decades may have allowed him to reach a deeper maturity and craft of composition. In the end, however, I prefer the Weelkes for its stunning portrayal of King David's lament.

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