Zadok the Priest

Or Zodak, as he’s affectionately known to musos.

Zadok the Priest and Nathan the Prophet anointed Solomon King

Names worthy of The magic roundabout. To cite Monty Python and the Holy Grail,

Ooh! I didn’t know we ‘ad a king—I thought we were an autonomous collective.

Of course, joking aside, if the lyrics sound silly to us (OK then—to me), to less irreverent 18th-century ears they would have sounded imposing. Anyway, they are blown away by the music, one of the most exhilarating, spine-tingling openings to a piece ever. It always inspires reverence, even in me:

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