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John Goss (1800 - 1880)

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Sir John Goss
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Categories: English Classical Romantic Composers.


Goss was one of the most important early Victorian church composers, his anthems and services being most notable for their flexibility of phrasing, attention to detail in word-setting, and sense of proportion and balance. … In 1852 his anthem "If we believe that Jesus died", written for the funeral of the duke of Wellington, created a profound impression. In 1854 he produced the anthem "Praise the Lord, o my soul" for the bicentenary festival of the sons of the clergy. … Some of his anthems, including "The Wilderness" (1861), "O taste and see" (1863), and "O saviour of the world" (1869), have held a modest but enduring place in the repertory of English church music.[4]


  • Blezzard, Judith. "Goss, Sir John (1800–1880)", Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004, accessed 26 October 2011
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