John Amner

Biography

Born: 1579; Ely, England   Died: July 28, 1641; Ely, England  
A composer of sacred works, John Amner had a close association to the Ely Cathedral -- even before his employment there as Informator choristarum (1610 - 1641) -- through his relatives, Michael and Ralph Amner, who were both lay clerks there. He received his bachelor of music from Oxford with the support of the Earl of Bath in 1613, and also from Cambridge, in 1640. He was employed as both an organist and clergyman at the Cathedral after he Read more obtained his first degree. He was subsequently ordained to the diaconate, later becoming vicarius (minor canon). In 1615, he published a collection entitled Sacred Hymnes of 3, 4, 5 and 6 parts for the Voyces and Vyols, which represents most of his known works. His other works include Preces (both for five voices), four arrangements of the daily canticles, several simple four-part anthems, slightly more complex five-part anthems, and verse anthems. Roughly a dozen of these works were recorded in the 1990s, and many were performed by the Ely Cathedral choir, including Blessed Be the Lord God, Hear, O Lord and Have Mercy, I Will Sing Unto the Lord as Long As I Live, My Lord Is Hence Removed and Laid, O Sing Unto the Lord, O Ye Little Flock, Second Service (Cesar's), and Sing, O Heav'ns. Amner also wrote a pavan and galliard for viols and a single keyboard piece that stands out historically as the only recognized group of variations on a metrical psalm tune (O Lord in Thee Is All My Trust); the latter piece was performed by G. Gifford for a 1978 CRD recording and by D. Price in 1994 for Hyperion. Read less


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