Now begin the heavenly theme (Barham) (Thomas Clark)

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  • (Posted 2014-09-29)  CPDL #33043:        (Sibelius 7)
Editor: Edmund Gooch (submitted 2014-09-29).   Score information: A4, 1 page, 49 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: The order of staves in the source is Tenor - [Alto] - Air - [Bass], with the alto part printed in the treble clef an octave above sounding pitch. Only the first verse of text is given in the source: three selected subsequent verses have here been added editorially. The crotchet rest in the final bar has been added editorially: in the source, this bar has two beats (i.e. the preceding minim alone). The soprano B and A in bar 12, given here as two crotchets, are printed in the source as a small grace note B slurred to a full-sized minim A.

General Information

Title: Now begin the heavenly theme
Composer: Thomas Clark
Tune: Barham
Lyricist: Anonymous

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SacredHymn   Meter: 77. 77

Language: English
Instruments: Basso continuo

First published: 1809 in A Fifth Set of Psalm and Hymn Tunes, p. 137
Description: Hymn Tune Index tune number 12781. The same text was set by Clark to two other tunes: 'Burton', in his collection A Second Set of Psalm and Hymn Tunes, London: (1806), and 'Baltistan', in The Congregational Harmonist, London: [c1836].

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Original text and translations

Original text and translations may be found at Now begin the heavenly theme.