John Blow, 1649-1708


Selected Recordings

Venus and Adonis, Act I

O pray for the peace of Jerusalem

Salvator mundi

Selected Sheet Music



Showcase Piece

Ground in G for 2 Violins and Continuo

Notes and Commentary

John Blow was an English Baroque composer and organist, appointed to Westminster Abbey in 1669. His pupils included Henry Purcell. In 1685 he was named a private musician to James II. His only stage composition, Venus and Adonis, was thought to influence Henry Purcell’s later opera Dido and Aeneas. In 1687 he became choirmaster at St Paul’s Cathedral, where many of his pieces were performed. In 1699 he was appointed to the newly created post of Composer to the Chapel Royal. Fourteen services and more than a hundred anthems by Blow are known. In 1700 he published his Amphion Anglicus, a collection of pieces of music for one, two, three and four voices, with a figured bass accompaniment. A famous page in Charles Burney’s History of Music is devoted to illustrations of Blow’s “crudities”. These show the immature efforts in expression characteristic of English music at the time. Some of them have since been judged to be excellent. He lived from February 1649 to October 1, 1708. —Excerpted from Wikipedia

Books and Music

Selected Books

The Trumpet
Yale Univ. Press,
John Wallace
$36 on Amazon


“Provides a remarkable overview of all important trumpet topics and includes complete analysis of important works. Some reporting is done with considerable bias (the authors are trumpeters) including a suspect appendix of important 20th century works that includes far more than a fair share of the author’s own commissions.”—Andy on Amazon

Selected Music

adonis Venus & Adonis (2008), 1 CD

anthems Anthems (2006), 2-CD set

spinet Music for Harpsichord & Spinet (2003), 1 CD

More John Blow music

Complete Works

Morning canticles
Te Deum in A
Jubilate Deo in A
Cantate Domino in A
Deus Misereatur in A
Te Deum in E minor
Jubilate Deo in E minor
Te Deum in G
Jubilate in G

Communion settings
Kyrie in A
Nicene Creed in A
Kyrie in E minor
Nicene Creed in E minor
Kyrie in G
Nicene Creed in G
Kyrie in G
Nicene Creed in G

Evening canticles
Cantate Domino in E minor
Deus Misereatur in E minor
Magnificat and Nunc dimittis in G

Full anthems
Behold, O God our defender
Be merciful unto me O Lord
God is our hope and strength
Let my prayer come up
Let thy hand be strengthened
My days are gone like a shadow
My God, my God, look upon me
O God, wherefore art thou absent
Praise the Lord, ye servants
Save me O God
The Lord hear thee

Verse anthems
God spake sometime in visions
I was in the spirit
O pray for the peace of Jerusalem

Latin works
Salvator mundi

Catches (secular)
Catch on the battle at Hailbron
On The Kings coming home

Other works
Amphion Anglicus
An Ode on the Death of Mr. Henry Purcell
Prelude in C major
Venus and Adonis

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