Weelkes most famous composition was his English anthem "When David Heard". This introduced a new depth of emotion into music and represented a major musical innovation. The sighing quality of the "oh’s" in all six parts add to the emotional intensity of the music. The haunting themes and overtones create a powerful emotional sensation that culminates in the lines "would God I had died for thee".
(Contribution by William McBeath <wmcbeathtelusplanet.net>.)
- United Kingdom, London, St Bride's Church — 30 Nov 1623