Three Devotional Songs

George Jeffreys (c1610-1685)

for solo bass (D-d') and bc

Ref. no Jef 6 (in 'cantatas')           sample page      cover page      To order:     

  • Praise the Lord, O my Soule
  • O Quam Suave
  • Spetiosus Forma

Praise the Lord O my Soule is an anthem based on Psalm 104: O Quam suave is a sparkling solo with exciting embellishments and word-painting: Spetiosus forma is a setting of Psalm 45, and contains some remarkable athletic leaps. All three pieces come from the autograph score book in the British Library, which contains most of Jeffreys' surviving works. They show Jeffreys' familiarity with the Italian stile nuovo, and display the adventurousness of his writing compared to many of his contemporaries.