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Down to the Sea - JMW Turner

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Published on Aug 24, 2009

Best in HD. Joseph Mallord William Turner RA (1775 1851) was an English Romantic landscape painter, watercolourist and printmaker, whose style is said to have laid the foundation for Impressionism. Turner was considered a controversial figure in his day, but is now regarded as the artist who elevated landscape painting to an eminence rivalling history painting. Although renowned for his oil paintings, Turner is also one of the greatest masters of British watercolour landscape painting. He is comm
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Music: They that go down to the sea in ship, by Herbert Whitton Sumsion (1899-1995)

Thank you for the information, Tilly!

Sumsion was organist of Gloucester Cathedral from 1928 to 1967.

Thanks for the information, caseyflorida.

The cloisters at Gloucester Cathedral are exquisite. They were used in the Harry Potter movies (1, 2, 6).

They are featured in both these videos:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L3Q3Mm...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y6CM2q...

(Religion is a crock, but it has inspired some lovely music.)

They that go down to the sea in ships, that do business in great waters; These see the works of the LORD, and his wonders in the deep. For he commandeth, and raiseth the stormy wind, which lifteth up the waves thereof. They mount up to the heaven, they go down again to the depths: their soul is melted because of trouble. They reel to and fro, and stagger like a drunken man, and are at their wits' end. Then they cry unto the LORD in their trouble, and he bringeth them out of their distresses. He maketh the storm a calm, so that the waves thereof are still. Then are they glad because they be quiet; so he bringeth them unto their desired haven.
Psalms, 107:23-30, KJV

http://www.hyperion-records.co.uk/tw....
St Paul's Cathedral Choir, John Scott (conductor), Huw Williams (organ)
Worcester Cathedral Choir, Donald Hunt (conductor), Adrian Partington (organ)

Henry Purcell also wrote a hymn based on this psalm: "In thankfulness for a providential escape of the King from shipwreck, the Rev John Gostling, who had been of the royal party, put together some verses from the Psalms in the form of an anthem, and requested Purcell to set them to music."

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