Sacred Music (John Massey)
John Massey's only known collection is Sacred Music. The book is not dated: the catalogue of the British Library dates it to [1810?], and the Hymn Tune Index follows this dating. The title page of the book describes the composer as 'teacher of psalmody', and the imprint reads: 'MANCHESTER. Publish'd & Sold by the AUTHOR Mayes St, by T. BEALE St Mary's Gate & all other Music Sellers in Town or Country'. The engraver and printer is given on the title page as 'Engraved & Printed by J. Green Manchr'.
Publication date and place: 1810 by J. Green in Manchester, England.
Description of contents
The title page describes the collection as 'TWENTY SIX PSALM TUNES IN VARIOUS METRES & THREE ANTHEMS', but the music consists of 27 strophic hymn or metrical psalm tunes followed by 3 anthems, amounting to 51 pages of music. An index, which lists all 30 items, is printed on p52.
The music is laid out in full score with the soprano air next to the bass. The treble clef is used for soprano, alto, and tenor parts, with both the alto and tenor parts being notated an octave above sounding pitch. The vocal bass part is figured (the title page refers to 'a Figured Bass for the Organ or Piano Forte'), and in the anthems independent keyboard accompaniment parts is given during some of the verse sections: these are marked 'Organ', or in one case 'Inst'.
List of works
Works at CPDL
|Arise and hail the sacred day||1810||24-25||Sacred||Hymns||4||SATB|
|Come hither all ye weary souls||1810||7||Sacred||Hymns||4||SATB|
|He that has made his refuge God||1810||2||Sacred||Hymns||4||SATB|
|Sons of men, behold from far||1810||22||Sacred||Hymns||4||SATB|
|Stand up, my soul, shake off thy fears||1810||1||Sacred||Hymns||4||SATB|
|Stoop down, my thoughts, that used to rise||1810||13||Sacred||Hymns||4||SATB|
|Who shall ascend thy heavenly place||1810||3||Sacred||Hymns||4||SATB|
- Hymn Tune Index details for source MassJSM