John Amner (1579–1641)

 

Born in Ely, Amner was associated with the city and it’s cathedral for most of his life. He was initially a chorister there and in 1610 he was made Informator Choristorum (Master of the Choristers). He was also ordained a priest and was awarded Music degrees from both Oxford and Cambridge Universities. While not as prolific as some of his contemporaries, a number of sacred and instrumental works survive. Some are in scattered manuscripts but his most significant set of compositions are found in his Sacred Hymnes of 3, 4, 5 and 6 parts for the Voyces and Vyols published in London in 1615. The styles on display are unexpectedly wide-ranging – from Italian style canzonets and balletts to complex polyphonic verse anthems and consort songs – and show the work of a skilled musician with a particular interest in musical expression.

Amner - A stranger here image
Amner -  Come let's rejoice image
Amner -  He that descended image
Amner -  He that descended image

A stranger here –
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Come let’s rejoice –
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He that descended man to be –
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I will sing unto the Lord –
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Amner - Now doth the city image
Amner - Remember not image
Amner - Saint Mary now
Amner - Thus sings that heav'nly quire

Now doth the city remain solitary –
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Remember not, Lord, our offences –
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Saint Mary now –
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Thus sings that
heav’nly quire –
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Amner - With mournful music
Amner - Woe is me

With mournful music –
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Woe is me –
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