Stephen Elvey was born in 1805 in Canterbury and was trained as a chorister at the Cathedral under Highmore Skeats. In 1830 he became organist at New College Oxford and then at St Mary's University Church and St John's College. He composed a few, yet significant, pieces of sacred music including Evening Service in Continuation of Croft's Morning Service in A (1825) and The Psalter, or Canticles and Psalms of David (Parker and Co, Oxford, 1856).
Three Stephen Elvey chants chants are included in The Canadian Psalter, and three in The Anglican Chant Psalter, (two of which are in common). His younger brother George Job Elvey seems to have been somewhat more prolific, at least in the chants and hymns included in our psalters and hymnals.
AIM25: University of London (Library - Senate House): ELVEY family and SKEATS family
The following links let you hear the Elvey chant, played by the computer on a synthesised organ.
It will play twice, and clicking on the link again will cause it to repeat.
You might need to click Refresh on your browser, or press F5 before playing, as the chant files change regularly.
Full four-part chant
|Hear the part||Soprano only||Alto only||Tenor only||Bass only|
|Karaoke||No Soprano||No Alto||No Tenor||No Bass|
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February 28, 2004