Be merciful unto me, Z 4 (Henry Purcell)

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  • (Posted 2016-07-05)  CPDL #40239:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2016-07-05).   Score information: A4, 12 pages, 162 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: From Cathedral Music, Volume 2 (William Boyce) Clefs modernised. Key signature changed to C minor from G minor.

Last part - In God's word will I rejoice, without Hallelujahs

  • (Posted 2011-03-14)  CPDL #23264:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2011-03-14).   Score information: A4, 2 pages, 46 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Based on #4818. The Tenor has been moved to the correct pitch and, in the second half, a reduction of the vocal parts has been inserted where the accompaniment is missing. ATB. Includes a keyboard reduction of the a cappella choral score.
  • (Posted 2003-04-22)  CPDL #04818:        (Sibelius 2)
Editor: John Henry Fowler (submitted 2003-04-22).   Score information: A4, 3 pages, 92 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes:
Error.gif Possible error(s) identified. Error summary: The organ part for the second half of the anthem seems to be missing. Also, the tenor line (2nd line down) is notated an octave too low). See the discussion page for full description.

General Information

Title: Be merciful unto me, Z 4
Composer: Henry Purcell
Lyricist: Psalm 56 vv. 1-7,10-11, with Hallelujahs.

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: (ATB)SATB
Genre: SacredVerse anthem

Language: English
Instruments: Basso continuo

First published: 1768 in Cathedral Music, Volume 2, p. 276

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Original text and translations

Original text and translations may be found at Psalm 56.