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George Frideric Handel (1685–1759): ZADOK THE PRIEST
The Choir of King's College, Cambridge; English Chamber Orchestra; Sir David Willcocks, conductor. The Greatest Choral Show On Earth (Decca)
As one of his final royal acts, King George I required George Frederic Handel to compose the music for the coronation of his son, King George II. Handel, in fact, wrote four anthems for this coronation, the first of which is titled Zadok the Priest. Its text comes from the biblical book of First Kings, where Zadok the high priest anoints Solomon, son of David, as the King of Israel. This particular anthem has been sung at every coronation service since the coronation of King George II in 1727, and it's usually sung at the sovereign's anointing. However, at this initial coronation, the choir of Westminster Abbey was (understandably) a little under-rehearsed with the brand new music, and sang Zadok the Priest at the wrong part of the ceremony.