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When David heard that Absalom was slain (mp3)

By Thomas Weelkes

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Composed by Thomas Weelkes (1576-1623). Arranged by David Warin Solomons. Renaissance, Christian, Jewish. Performance. Published by David Warin Solomons (S0.290941).

Item Number: S0.290941

Performed by the dwsChorale

This is one of the greatest emotional expressions of the late Renaissance.
Absalom, son of King David, was a handsome prince and considered by some to be worthy of the throne of Israel,
even before David's death.
One day, as Absalom went riding, a tree's branches caught his luxuriant hair and he hung there helpless.
He was slain by his enemies.
King David was inconsolable.
The words of the choral original are:
When David heard that Absalom was slain
He went up into his chamber over the gate and wept,
and thus he said:
my son, my son, O Absalom my son,
would God I had died for thee!

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