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Croft, O Lord, Thou Hast Searched me Out
Dr. Croft was the link between the music of the Restoration and the early Georgian periods. A student of Dr. Blow, he became Master of the Children of the Chapel Royal following the suicide of Jeremiah Clark in 1707, in which capacity Maurice Greene was one of his students, and in 1714 he succeeded his former teacher Dr. Blow as Organist of Westminster Abbey. He is probably best known as the composer of the hymn tune "St. Anne," which he composed when Organist of St. Anne's, Soho in the early 1700s.

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William Croft, Mus. Doc. (1678-1727), shown here as a chorister of the Chapel Royal under Dr. Blow in around 1690. Image courtesy of Wikipedia Commons
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