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Forty Select Anthems in Score, composed for 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8 Voices. By Dr. Maurice Greene, Organist and Composer to His Majesty's Chapels Royal, &c. Volume First [-Second].
London: J. Walsh, 1743. Two volumes bound in one.. Tall folio. Quarter dark ivory morocco with marbled boards, black leather title label gilt to spine. Volume I: 1f. (recto title, verso blank), 1f. (recto dedication to the King, verso blank), 1f. (recto privilege dated "the 27th Day of February, 1741-2. in the Fifteenth Year of our Reign... Holles Newcastle," verso blank), [iii] (subscribers list), [i] (blank), 138 pp. Volume II: 1f. (recto title, verso blank), 155, [i] (blank) pp. Engraved throughout. Performance markings and annotations in lead, blue, and red pencil; "Wells Cathedral" in early manuscript to title of Volume I. Subscribers include many well-to-do persons as well as organists and composers including William Boyce, Gallupi, Charles Jennens, James Nares, Pepusch, Porpora, John Stanley, Samuel Wesley (misspelled "Weely"), with "Mr. Wm. Isaack Organist of St. Saviour Southwark" added in contemporary manuscript. Binding worn; corners bumped; spine darkened; title label chipped. Many small tears repaired throughout; title to Volume I creased and with small chips and tears to edges; large tear to pp. 41/42 of Volume II with partial repairs; final leaf trimmed and laid down with loss of margins but no loss to music. Previous owner's small signature and date to upper outer corner of front pastedown. First Edition, second issue, with printed date to title of Volume I. Smith & Humphries 730. BUC p. 399. RISM G3736. Greene was an English composer and organist. "Though remembered chiefly for his church music, he was also an important composer of keyboard music, songs, and extended vocal works... Of several volumes of vocal and instrumental music... the most important is Forty Select Anthems published by subscription in January 1743 and giving a good picture of Greene's creative activity in this field during the entire period from 1719 to 1742. In an overwhelming preponderance of solo and verse anthems, its contents clearly reveal the solo-voice bias of contemporary taste, and it is a pity that our modern partiality for the full style as such has so far blinded most commentators to the merits of the collection as a whole, though not of course to such generally acknowledge masterpieces as Lord, let me know mine end and O clap your hands." H. Diack Johnstone in Grove Music Online.
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