A Morning and an Evening Service (Charles William Hempel)

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Charles William Hempel's collection A Morning and Evening Service is described on the title page as 'Consisting of Chants, Te Deum Laudamus, Jubilate Deo, Kyrie Eleeson, Magnificat & Nunc Dimittis, ALSO TWENTY ORIGINAL MELODIES Adapted to Selected Portions of THE PSALMS of DAVID, AND TWO Anthems, One from the 25th Psalm & the other from the Burial Service'.

The collection was 'Composed & with the greatest deference Dedicated (by Permission) to THE HONBLE & RIGHT REVD The Lord Bishop of Lincoln' (i.e. George PelhamLink to the English Wikipedia article): it was published by subscription by H. Falkner of 3, Old Bond Street, London.

A fullly written-out keyboard accompaniment is provided throughout the work (described on the title page as 'a Separate Accompaniment for the Organ or Piano Forte', although in the psalm tunes this largely doubles the vocal parts.

Publication date and place: 1821 by Falkner in London.


The following review of the book was published on pages 225-226 in Vol. III, No. 10 of The Quarterly Musical Magazine and Review (second quarter of 1821):

'A Morning and Evening Service, consisting of Chants, Te Deum Laudamus, Jubilate Deo, Kyrie Eleeson, Magnificat, and Nunc Dimittis; also Twenty Organ Melodies, adapted to selected parts of the Psalms of David, and Two Anthems, by Charles W. Hempel, Organist of St. Mary's, Truro. London. Falkner.

The style of Mr. Hempel's compositions, though modern, is chaste, the melody is flowing, and the parts sing well, if perhaps we make a slight reservation against an apparent predilection for chromatic passages in the bass, for which nevertheless Mr. H. may plead the powerful authority of Mozart. His work begins with three Chants (in the second of which, by the way, there are consecutive fifths,) which are solemn and impressive. There are followed by the Te Deum, in the key of C, with a major third. On the words "Holy, holy, holy," the modulation is not common and the effect beautiful. Upon the sentence "of thy glory," are transitions which we first observed in a Canzonet of Haydn. "When thou hadst overcome," is a double chromatic passage, in the Italian manner; and the words "Ever, ever," are a transcript of the well known musical phrase in the chorus of "The heavens are telling," in the Creation. We do not however mention these things as derogating at all from the composer, for they are obviously introduced like classical quotations into prose writing, to give the double force of allusion as well as natural grace.
The Jubilate is well set, the Kyrie solemn and pathetic. Thee are followed by three more good Chants. The Magnificat is in the key of E flat. There are passages excellent in point of modulation, in both this and the Nunc Dimittis, which is very pleasing. There is however one in the latter which is objectionable, a diminished fifth resolved (instead of descending) into a fifth upwards, and this in the extreme parts. The Psalms are generally very good. "Unto thee, O God," a full anthem, is above mediocrity. In the last bar but one, at the bottom of the page, is this combination,


Now evidently the radical bass of the first chord is C, with a flat 7th and a flat 9th; therefore the C should have been written D. Sharps are resolved upwards, but here C is resolved downwards. The Funeral Anthem opens with an excellent and solemn symphony and the words "Man that is born of a woman," are set with much feeling. The following words, "In the midst of life we are in death," are worthy of praise. The solo, "For they rest," is a sweet and expressive movement; and the whole anthem does the author credit.

In several passages of his service Mr. Hempel disregards the rule which regulates the resolution of the seventh. There are very many ascending sevenths - this is directly against a classical canon; at least so says Kollman, whose theory has not yet been confuted, nor do we think it likely that a more perspicuous system will soon appear.'



H. P. Andrew, Esq., Bodrean, near Truro.
T. R. Abbott, Esq., Bath.
Mr. G. Armstrong, Liverpool.

Colonel Boscawen, London.
Rev. I. Buller, Truro.
I. E. Buller, Esq., London.
I. F. Bennallack, Esq, Truro.
Nicholas Basset, Esq., London.
I. D. Browne, Esq., Polwyn Cottage, near Helston.
Mr. T. L. Bickford, Truro. 2 Copies.
Mr. Barwis, Bellevue, near Penryn.
Mr. J. Bennett, Ringmore, Devon.
Mr. Buckingham, organ-builder, London.
Miss M. A. Bullmore, St. Newlyn.
Miss M. E. Broad, Falmouth.
Miss Barker, Lisbon.

Rev. T. Carlyon, Rector of Truro. 2 Copies.
Major Carlyon, Tregrehan, Cornwall.
C. Carlyon, M.D., Truro.
I. C. Curwen, Esq., M.P., Workington-Hall, Cumberland.
Thomas Clutterbuck, Esq., Truro.
John Caunter, jun. Esq., Ashburton.
Mr. S. Chapple, organist, ditto.
Josiah Cocke, Esq., Buckland Cottage, near Dover.
Capt. Collins, R.N., Fowey.
Rev. C. Cardew, D.D., St. Erme.
Rev. – Clarke, Tiverton.

The Hon. and Right Rev. Lord Bishop of Durham.Link to the English Wikipedia article
The Right Hon. Lord De Dunstanville.Link to the English Wikipedia article
Capt. I. F. Devonshire, R.N., Truro.
Mrs. T. Daniell, Truro.
Miss Daniell, Trelissick, near Truro.
Mrs. Drake, Ipplepen, Devon.

The Right Rev. Lord Bishop of Ely.Link to the English Wikipedia article
The Right Rev. Lord Bishop of Exeter.Link to the English Wikipedia article
Miss Edwards, Truro.
Mr. R. England, organist, Tiverton.

The Right Hon. Lord Viscount FalmouthLink to the English Wikipedia article, 2 Copies.
The Right Hon. Viscountess Falmouth, 2 Copies.
Capt. Forster, Truro.
Francis Freeling, Esq., London.Link to the English Wikipedia article
I. B. Fripp, Esq., Royal Fort, Bristol.

Miss Gregor, TrewarthennickLink to the English Wikipedia article, Cornwall.
Paul Gallie, Esq., Shaldon, Devon.
John Gould, M.D., Truro.
H. M. Grylls, Esq., Helston.

Colonel Hext, Restormel-Park, Cornwall.
Lieut. Hall, R.N., Plymouth.
Mrs. Hunt, Hamburgh.
Miss Hingston, Falmouth.
Mrs. Heard, Truro.
John Higgins, Esq., Ashburton.
Mr. John Hatherly, Fishwick, Devon.
Mr. Holmes, Ideford, Devon.
Mr. E. Holmes, Teigngrace, ditto.
Rev. – Hitchens, Falmouth.

Mrs. Innis, Layton, Essex. 2 Copies.
Mrs. Jenkins, Devonshire-street, Portland-place. 6 Copies.
Mrs. Jenkins, Truro.
Miss Johns, Trewince, near St. Mawes.
Miss Johnstone, Truro.

Miss Kempe, Truro.
Mr. Edward Kendall, Gorran.
Mrs. Kitson, Sheppey-HouseLink to the English Wikipedia article, Devon.
Miss Kirkness, Falmouth.

The Hon. and Right Rev. Lord Bishop of Lincoln. 2 Copies.
Sir William Lemon, Bart. M.P.Link to the English Wikipedia article
Mrs. Luxmore, Truro.
Miss Le Breton, Cardiff.


Major-General Mackelcan, Truro.
Capt. F. Michell, R.N., Truro.
Mrs. Moor, Truro.
Mr. Mudge, ditto. 8 Copies.
Rev. G. A. Moore, Probus. 2 Copies.
Jonathan Moore, Esq., Garlennick, near Grampound.
Miss Millett, St. Minver.
Mr. May, Shobrooke, Devon.
Miss Magor, Redruth.
Mrs. Moss, Truro.

Miss Neyle, Ambrooke, Devon.
James Nankivell, Esq., Truro.
John Nankivell, Esq., ditto.
Rev. T. Nankivell, St. Just.
Miss Newman, Grove, Camberwell.

The Hon. and Right Rev. Lord Bishop of Oxford.Link to the English Wikipedia article
Capt. Oates, R.M., Falmouth.

Rev. R. Polwhele, Kenwyn, near Truro.Link to the English Wikipedia article
Rev. H. Pooley, St. Newlyn.
E. W. Pendarves, Esq., Pendarves, Cornwall.Link to the English Wikipedia article
Mr. Pulford, Tregothnan.
Samuel Pearce, Esq., Teignmouth.
William Paul, Esq., Truro.
Mrs. Plummer, ditto.

Miss Reynolds, Pennair, near Truro.
Miss G. Roberts, Falmouth.
Mrs. Roberts, Carvean, Probus.

Lord Fitzroy, I. H. Somerset.
S. Smith, Esq., M.P., Woodhall-Park, Herts.Link to the English Wikipedia article
Capt. Sibley, R.N., Truro.
Rev. Sam. Symons, Philleigh, Cornwall.
St. Mary’s, Truro, (Churchwardens of). 6 Copies.
John Smith, Esq., Manchester.
Richard Smith, Esq., ditto.
James Smith, Esq., ditto.
Mrs. R. Smith, ditto.
Mrs. Sheppard, London.
Miss Symons, Little Falmouth.
Mr. C. Sholl, Truro.
John Swann, Esq., ditto.
Mr. B. Sharpe, organist, Falmouth.

I. H. Tremayne, Esq., M.P., Heligan, Cornwall.Link to the English Wikipedia article
Thomas Townsend, Esq., Montagu-street, London. 6 Copies.
John Tippet, Esq., Truro.
R. Taunton, M.D., ditto.
W. M. Tweedy, Esq., ditto.
Rev. J. Trist, Veryan.
Rev. S. Trist, ditto.
Edmund Turner, Esq., Truro. 3 Copies.
Thomas Turner, Esq., surgeon, Manchester.
Mrs. Turner, Truro.
Capt. Tonkin, Teignmouth.
Mayor and Corporation of Truro. 12 Copies.

John Vivian, Esq., Truro.
Major-General Sir R. H. Vivian, M.P.
Lady Vivian.
Mrs. J. H. Vivian, Swansea.
John Vivian, Esq., Helston. 4 Copies.
Mr. William Vice, Truro.

The Hon. and Right Rev. Lord Bishop of Winchester.Link to the English Wikipedia article
Mrs. Whitbread, Truro.
Mrs. Emma C. Wood, Cambridge.
Lieut.-Colonel Willyams, Truro.
Rev. E. Wood, St. Austle
Mr. Woon, Truro.
Mr. S. T. Williams, ditto. 2 Copies.
Rev. G. Woodley, Scilly.
Mr. Wotton, Truro.

List of works

Pages Description Text
011 Morning Service [Three chants in C, without texts]
022-13 Te Deum Laudamus We praise thee, O God
0314-19 Jubilate Deo O be joyful in the Lord, all ye lands
0419-20 Kyrie Eleeson Lord have mercy upon us
0520 Doxology Between the Epistle and the Gospel Glory be to thee, O Lord
0621 Evening Service [Three chants in Eb, without texts]
0722-28 Magnificat My soul doth magnify the Lord
0829-33 Nunc Dimittis Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart
0934-35 Psalm 90. Verses 3. 4. 5 & 6. Thou turnest man, O Lord, to dust
1036 Psalm 6. Verses 1. 2. 3 & 4. Thy dreadful anger, Lord, restrain
1137 Psalm 9. Verses 7. 9. 10 & 11. The Lord for ever lives, who has
1238 Psalm 16. Verses 8. 9. 10 & 11. I strive each action to approve
1339 Psalm 98. Verses 1. 2. 3 & 4. Sing to the Lord a new-made song
1440 Psalm 25. Verses 17. 18. 19 & 20. The sorrows of my heart
1541 Psalm 71. Verses 1. 3. 4 & 6. In thee I put my steadfast trust
1642 Psalm 24. Verses 7. 8. 9 & 10. Erect your heads, eternal gates
1743 Psalm 86. Verses 6. 8. 9 & 10. To my repeated humble prayer
1844 Psalm 19. Verses 7. 8. 9 & 10. God's perfect law converts the soul
1945 Psalm 119. Verses 169. 170. 171 & 172. To my request and earnest cry
2046 Psalm 92. Verses 6. 7 & 8. How wondrous are thy works, O Lord
2147 Psalm 8. Verses 1 & 2. O thou to whom all creatures bow
2248 Psalm 94. Verses 12. 13. 14 & 15. Blest is the man whom thou, O Lord
2349 Psalm 36. Verses 5. 7. 8 & 9. O Lord thy mercy, my sure hope
2450 Psalm 103. Verses 8. 9. 11 & 12. The Lord abounds with tender love
2551 Psalm 112. Verses 1. 3. & 7. That man is blest who stands in awe
2652-53 Psalm 37. Verses 23. 25 & 27. The good man's way is God's delight
2754-55 Psalm 15. Verses 1. 2 & 3. Lord, who's the happy man that may
2856 Psalm 43. Verses 1. 2. 3 & 4. Just judge of heav'n, against my foes
2957-65 Full Anthem. Psalm 25. Ver. 1. 3. 7. 8 & 9. Unto thee, O Lord, will I lift up my soul
3066-76 Funeral Anthem. From the Burial Service. Man that is born of a woman

Works at CPDL

Title Year Page Genre Subgenre Vo. Voices
I strive each action to approve 1821 38 Sacred Hymns 4 SATB
Just judge of heav'n, against my foes 1821 56 Sacred Hymns 4 SATB
Sing to the Lord a new-made song 1821 39 Sacred Hymns 4 SATB
The Lord for ever lives, who has 1821 37 Sacred Hymns 4 SATB
Thou turnest man, O Lord, to dust 1821 34 Sacred Hymns 4 SATB
Thy dreadful anger, Lord, restrain 1821 36 Sacred Hymns 4 SATB

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