On Blow’s death in 1708 William Croft succeeded him not only as the organist of Westminster Abbey, but as Master of the Children of the Chapel Royal and Composer to the Chapel Royal. Thus he was, until Handel’s rise to fame, the most eminent musician in the land. His main duties as Composer were to provide anthems and services for the Chapel Royal. The composition of odes for New Year’s Day and the sovereign’s birthday was the responsibility of John Eccles, who had been appointed ‘Master of Musick’ in 1701. It appears however, that during the period 1712 to 1715 Croft and Handel were preferred over Eccles. Thus Handel was commissioned to write a birthday ode for Queen Anne, and later a Te Deum and Jubilate celebrating the Peace of Utrecht, 1713. In the same year Croft wrote a Birthday Ode for Queen Anne, and later another for King George. Later, Croft had the two odes published in a handsome volume entitled Musicus Apparatus Academicus. This was probably a ‘vanity’ publication, but Croft attributed its production to his friends’ insistence. In his introductory remarks, after acknowledging gratitude ´´to that Famous University for the favourable Reception they [the odes] there met with”, he goes on to say ´´From that time [of their performance] forward they have lain by neglected, as having done their Work and answered the end for which they were Compos’d, and had still done so, had not the Importunity of some Friends…..prevailed with me to make them publick.” It is claimed that, as a result, this is the earliest example of a doctoral submission to survive in its entirety. for soprano (e´flat-g´´), oboe (or flute) and continuo Croft’s main output was sacred music, and apart from some celebratory Odes, he did not produce a great deal of secular music. This ´Song with a Hautboy´ is one of three songs with instruments by Croft, collected together with works by Jeremiah Clarke and others in the manuscript in the Tenbury collection referred to above.for soprano (e´flat-g´´), oboe (or flute) and continuo
This is a plus--sized novel that is about 130,000 words long. Lissa is madly in love with Saber and it seems he returns her feelings but she has a problem. She and the man of her dreams both come from the same clan of the Touch Kindred. By the archaic laws of their people, they are too closely related to be bonded. Which means that even though there is no blood tie between them, they are doomed to remain apart. But their personal dilemmas will soon be the least of their worries. Sacred scrolls, vital to the defense of the Kindred people, have been stolen and sold to a collector on the barbaric slave planet, Yonnie Six. To retrieve them, Lissa and Saber must go undercover as mistress and slave on the savage world where domination, submission, and kinky sex are the order of the day. Will the love between them survive this trial by fire? Or will Lissa lose everything and be Exiled from the one person she loves above all others? 1. Language: English. Narrator: William Martin. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/114461/bk_acx0_114461_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.