The firmament on high
Music by Thomas Tomkins -
'... an unqualified delight ...'
Thomas Tomkins, an elder brother, sank (1591) with Sir Richard Grenville's
'little Revenge' when opposing 'the devildoms of Spain', to the later delight
of English choral societies in the commendable retelling by Tennyson and Stanford.
This CD's Thomas Tomkins tells us of his birth (1572) in a dedication to
William, Earl of Pembroke: 'I first breathed, and beheld the sunne, in that
Country to which your Lordship gives the greatest lustre.' His father was a
vicar-choral at St Davids, but by 1596 the young Thomas was master of the
choristers at Worcester Cathedral. He was active there some fifty years and saw
many changes to the fabric and its music.
Copyright © 27 July 2003
Robert Anderson, London UK