O give thanks (Henry Aldrich)

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Editor: Christopher Shaw (submitted 2021-04-01).   Score information: A4, 6 pages, 386 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: Includes a keyboard reduction of the a cappella choral score. (no organ prescribed in original ms) Please click on the link for preview/playback/PDF download.Prepared from the primary manuscript source, Ch. Ch. Mus 19. Minor editorial changes to mitigate the deep second alto part.
Editor: Christopher Shaw (submitted 2021-04-01).   Score information: A4, 6 pages, 331 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: Please click on the link for preview/playback/PDF download. Edition reflecting Boyce's "improvements"
  • (Posted 2016-09-23)  CPDL #41197:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2016-09-23).   Score information: A4, 5 pages, 84 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: #41196, with the 2nd Alto part transferred to Tenor.
  • (Posted 2016-09-23)  CPDL #41196:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2016-09-23).   Score information: A4, 5 pages, 85 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: From Cathedral Music, Volume 2 (William Boyce). Clefs modernised.

General Information

Title: O give thanks
Composer: Henry Aldrich
Lyricist: Psalm 136, v. 1create page

Number of voices: 6vv   Voicings: SSAATB or SSATTB
Genre: SacredAnthem

Language: English
Instruments: Basso continuo

First published: c.1685 in manuscript
  2nd published: 1768 in Cathedral Music, Volume 2, p. 140
Description: An anthem written for Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford, later revised and published by Boyce; the principal differences lie in the Hallelujah sections.As originally set, the 2nd Alto part is very low and could be transferred to Tenor.

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Original text and translations

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O give thanks unto the Lord, for he is gracious:
and his mercy endureth for ever.
Hallelujah.

Original text and translations may be found at Psalm 136.