John Speller's Web Pages Michael Wise, Awake, up my Glory

John Speller's Web Pages

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After the Great Fire of London, while the new St Paul's Cathedral was under construction, money was very tight and lay clerk posts were often left unfilled. A number of SAB works were written for use with these diminished resources, and it is conceivable that this was one of these. Michael Wise began his musical career as a chorister of the chapel, and then, when his voice broke, as a lay clerk at St George's Chapel, Windsor. In 1668 he became Organist of Salisbury Cathedral, and also in 1676 a Gentleman of the Chapel Royal. In 1686 he became Master of the Choristers of St Paul's Cathedral, though he seems to have remained mostly in Salisbury where in 1687 he met his untimely death, due large to his own stupidity. Following a row with his wife he got drunk and went out an picked a quarrel with the constable, in the course of which he received a blow to the head which proved fatal. Download PDF
Longitudinal section of St Paul's Cathedral, London, about the time of its completion
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