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William Croft

1678-1727 GB, Warwickshire
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William Croft (baptized 30 December 1678 – 14 August 1727) was an English composer and organist.Croft was born at the Manor House, Nether Ettington, Warwickshire. He was educated at the Chapel Royal, under the instruction of John Blow, and remained there until 1698. Two years after this departure, he became organist of St. Anne's Church, Soho. In 1707, he took over the Chapel Royal's "Master of the Children" post, which had been left vacant by the suicide of Jeremiah Clarke (one of Croft's pupils in this capacity was Maurice Greene). The following year, Croft succeeded Blow (who had lately died) as organist of Westminster Abbey. He composed works for the funeral of Queen Anne (1714) and for the coronation of King George I (1715).

     
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Burial Sentences: III. We Brought Nothing Into This World on Thou Knowest Lord, the Secrets of Our Hearts by The Choir of Christ's College, Cambridge & David Rowland
Burial Sentences: I. I Am The Resurrection on Thou Knowest Lord, the Secrets of Our Hearts by The Choir of Christ's College, Cambridge & David Rowland
Burial Sentences: II. I Know That My Redeemer Liveth on Thou Knowest Lord, the Secrets of Our Hearts by The Choir of Christ's College, Cambridge & David Rowland
Burial service: I heard a voice from heaven on Croft: Burial Service & Anthems by William Croft, The Choir of Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge & David Skinner
O Worship the King on 23 Favourite Hymns by Simon Johnson, Norwich Cathedral Choir & Neil Taylor
Burial Sentences: VI. Thou Knowest, Lord on Thou Knowest Lord, the Secrets of Our Hearts by The Choir of Christ's College, Cambridge & David Rowland
O God, Our Help in Ages Past on Favourite Hymns from Westminster Abbey by The Choir Of Westminster Abbey, Martin Neary & Martin Baker
Burial Sentences: IV. Man that is Born of a Woman on Thou Knowest Lord, the Secrets of Our Hearts by The Choir of Christ's College, Cambridge & David Rowland
Ground - Arr. David Watkins on Baroque Adagios by Various Artists
O God, Our Help in Ages Past (St. Anne) on Hymns from King's by Stephen Cleobury & Choir of King's College, Cambridge

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Discography



Title Artist Year Type
Select AnthemsWilliam Croft2003Album
Complete Harpsichord Works - Vol. 2William Croft - Julian Rhodes1999Album
The Glorious Sound of Brass - Renaissance and Baroque MasterpiecesWilliam Brade, Aurelio Bonelli, Johann Pezel, Roland de Lassus, Gottfried Reiche, Anthony Holborne, Jeremiah Clarke, Georg Friedrich Händel, William Croft, Henry Purcell, Georg Philipp Telemann, Philadelphia Brass Ensemble, New England Brass Ensemble, E. Power Biggs1997Compil.
William Croft At St Paul'sWilliam Croft, St. Paul's Cathedral Choir, The Parley Of Instruments, John Scott1993Album
Englische Blockflötenduette Des BarockWilliam Croft / Gottfried Finger - Musica Poëtica, Sabine Kaipainen, Tuomas Kaipainen1987Album
Music By William CroftWilliam Croft - David Thomas, The Parley Of Instruments1986Album
Miserere / Spem In Alium / Stabat Mater / Magnificat / Burial Service / Coronation AnthemsGregorio Allegri / Thomas Tallis / Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina / William Croft / John Blow, The King's College Choir Of Cambridge, David Willcocks1986Album
Harmonia SacraHenry Purcell, Jeremiah Clarke, John Blow, William Croft, Pelham Humfrey, Concerto Vocale1982Album
Music For CroftWilliam Croft - Rogers Covey-Crump, Michael George, Kevin Smith, Stephen Varcoe1980Album
Englische CembalomusikJohn Blow, William Croft, Henry Purcell, Bradford Tracey1978Album
William Croft (1678 - 1727)William Croft1967Album
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