The Continental Harmony (William Billings)

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Title: The Continental Harmony

Full title: The Continental Harmony, containing a number of anthems, fugues, and choruses, in several parts, never before published

Editor – Composer: William Billings

Publication date and place: 1794 by Isaiah Thomas and Ebenezer T. Andrews in Boston.
Description: William Billings' book The Continental Harmony was published in 1794: the date of publication is given in the imprint, which states that the book was "Printed, Typographically, at Boston, by Isaiah Thomas and Ebenezer T. Andrews. Sold at their Bookstore, No. 45, Newbury Street; by said Thomas in Worcester; and by the Booksellers in Boston, and elsewhere." The Hymn Tune Index notes that the book was advertised as 'just published' in the Columbian Centinel on 1 February 1794. The book contains 17 anthems and 34 hymn or metrical psalm tunes. With the exception of one tune, 'Connection' (which is used as a frontispiece) these are preceded (on pages 3-34) by a lengthy preface, consisting of a page illustrating 'Musical Characters', an introduction to the rudiments of music addressed 'To the several Teachers of MUSIC, in this and the adjacent States' (which Billings recommends as a structure for teaching music), and 'A Commentary on the preceding Rules; by way of Dialogue, between Master and Scholar'.

External websites:

References

  • Barbour, J. Murray. 1960. The Church Music of William Billings. 167 pp. East Lansing, Michigan: Michigan State University Press. [1]
  • Kroeger, Karl, Editor. 1990. The Complete Works of William Billings, Volume 4: The Continental Harmony (1794). Madison, Wisconsin: American Musicological Society, 332 pp.

List of works

No. Pg. HTI* Title First Line Author Key Meter Time Vo. Comment
1 0 4007 Connection Hail, sacred music, hail A S.M. 3:4 4
2 35 An Anthem for Thanksgiving O praise the Lord of heaven F Anthem 3:4 4 Psalm 148
3 42 An Anthem for Fast Day Hear, O heavens, and give ear f Anthem 2:2 4 Isaiah Ch. 1
4 47 6710 Great-Plain Ye slumbering saints, a heavenly host Isaac Watts a L.M. 3:2 4
5 49 6718 Rocky-Nook Those glorious minds, how bright they shine Isaac Watts G C.M. 2:2 4
6 50 6726 West-Sudbury Here is a song which doth belong John Peck f C.M.D. 2:2 4
7 51 6716 Norfolk Let the old heathen tune their song Isaac Watts E L.M. 2:2 4
8 52 4100b Creation When I with pleasing wonder stand Isaac Watts F C.M.D. 3:2 4
9 55 6721 St. John's Where are the mourners, saith the Lord Isaac Watts g L.M. 2:2 4
10 56 6705 Cross-Street The Lord my pasture shall prepare Joseph Addison C 88.88.88. 3:4 4
11 57 6712 Invocation Majestic God, our muse inspire William Billings C L.M. 2:2 4
12 58 6700 Bellingham Begin my tongue some heavenly theme Isaac Watts E C.M.D. 3:2 4
13 59 6704 Cohasset Life is the time to serve the Lord Isaac Watts a L.M. 3:2 4
14 61 6708 Egypt Come see the wonders of our God Isaac Watts C C.M. 2:2 4
15 62 4123b Revelation Let all the heathen writers join Isaac Watts a C.M. 2:2 4
16 64 6725 Washington-Street Now shall my inward joys arise Isaac Watts F C.M. 2:2 4
17 66 6723 Thomas-Town Great God, how frail a thing is an Mather Byles g C.M.D. 2:2 4
18 67 6720 St. Enoch Sing to the Lord a new-made song Tate & Brady C 8.6.8.6 2:2 4 Thanksgiving after a victory.
19 68 6714 Morning Hymn Once more, my soul, the rising day Isaac Watts C C.M. 2:2 4
20 69 6727 Sudbury What if the saint must die John Peck C S.M.D. 6:4 4
21 70 Anthem for Thanksgiving Day Morning Sing praises to the Lord C Anthem 3:2 4
22 74 6728 Weymouth Shall we go on to sin Isaac Watts g S.M. 3:2 4
23 76 Anthem I am come into my garden a Anthem 2:2 4 Song of Solomon Ch. 5
24 81 6717 Rochester Ye servants of God, your Master proclaim Charles Wesley C 10 10.11 11. 6:4 4
25 82 6709 Gilead Salvation, O the joyful sound Isaac Watts C C.M. 2:2 4
26 83 6722 South-Boston Join all the glorious names Isaac Watts C 66.66.88. 2:2 4
27 84 Anthem We have heard with our ears E Anthem 2:2 4 Psalm 44
28 95 6706 Dedham Rejoice, ye shining worlds on high Isaac Watts C L.M. 2:2 4
29 97 Universal Praise O praise God, praise him in his holiness C Anthem 2:2 4 Thanksgiving Day, Psalm 149
30 105 An Anthem for Ordination O thou to whom all creatures bow Tate & Brady C Anthem 3:2 4
31 117 An Anthem for Christmas Hark! Hear you not a cheerful noise C Anthem 2:2 4
32 127 4099b St. Thomas Methinks I see my Savior dear Isaac Watts c C.M.D. 3:2 4
33 129 6701 Broad Cove Time, what an empty vapor tis Isaac Watts g C.M. 3:2 4
34 131 Deliverance I will love thee, O Lord my strength C Anthem 2:4 4
35 138 Variety, without Method O God, thou hast been displeased B Anthem 2:2 4 Psalm 60
36 144 6711 Hopkinton Lo, he cometh; countless trumpets Whitefield B 87.87.87. 2:4 4
37 145 An Anthem for Fast Day Mourn, Pharoah and Ahab prevail c Anthem 3:2 4
38 152 6707 East Sudbury Ye tribes of Adam join G 66.66.88. 2:2 4
39 153 6699 Adams To spend one sacred day Isaac Watts C 66.66.88. 6:4 4
40 154 6702 Clarimont Arise and hail the sacred day Joseph Stephenson C 886.886. 6:8 4
41 155 An Anthem I charge you, O ye daughters C Anthem 3:4 4 Song of Solomon
42 160 An Anthem When the Lord turned again F Anthem 2:2 4 Psalm 126
43 164 The Dying Christian's Last Farewell My friends, I am going a long journey g Anthem 2:2 4
44 169 6715 New Plymouth O Lord, our fathers oft have told Tate & Brady C C.M.D. 2:2 4
45 170 6724 Victory To thine almighty arm Isaac Watts B C.M.D. 2:2 4
46 171 Sublimity The heavens declare the glory of God C Anthem 2:2 4 Psalm 19
47 176 An Anthem O God, my heart is fixed G Anthem 2:2 4 Psalm 108.
48 184 6719 St. Andrew's Behold the glories of the Lamb Isaac Watts C C.M. 2:2 4
49 185 6703 Cobham Teach me the measure of my days Isaac Watts a C.M.D. 6:8 4
50 186 An Anthem Sanctify a fast g Anthem 2:2 4 Joel Ch. 1-2
51 198 6713 Lewis-Town How vast must their advantage be Tate & Brady C C.M.D. 2:2 4

Works at CPDL

Title Lyricist First Line Genre Subgenre Vo.
Adams Isaac Watts To spend one sacred day Sacred Psalm-tunes 4
An Anthem for Christmas Sacred Anthems 4
Bellingham Isaac Watts Begin, my tongue, some heavenly theme Sacred 4
Broad Cove Isaac Watts Sacred 4
Clarimont Joseph Stephenson Sacred Carols 4
Cobham Isaac Watts Teach me the measure of my days Sacred Psalm-tunes 4
Cohasset Isaac Watts Life is the time to serve the Lord Sacred 4
Connection Hail! Sacred music, hail! Sacred 4
Creation Isaac Watts When I with pleasing wonder stand Sacred Anthems 4
Cross-Street Joseph Addison The Lord my pasture shall prepare Sacred 4
Dedham Isaac Watts Rejoice, ye shining worlds on high Sacred 4
Deliverance Sacred Anthems 4
East Sudbury Isaac Watts Ye tribes of Adam, join Sacred Psalm-tunes 4
Egypt Isaac Watts Come, see the wonders of our God Sacred 4
Gilead Isaac Watts Salvation! O, the joyful sound Sacred 4
Great-Plain Isaac Watts Ye slumb'ring saints, a heav'nly host Sacred 4
Hear, hear, O heavens Sacred Anthems 4
Hopkinton John Cennick Lo, he cometh; countless trumpets Sacred 4
I am come into my garden Sacred Anthems 4
Invocation Majestic God, our muse inspire Sacred Anthems 4
Lewis-Town 3 How vast must their advantage be Sacred Psalm-tunes 4
Morning Hymn Isaac Watts Once more, my soul, the rising day Sacred 4
Mourn, mourn Sacred Motets 4
Norfolk Isaac Watts Let the old heathen tune their song Sacred 4
O God, my heart is fixed Sacred Anthems 4
O Lord, our fathers oft have told Tate and Brady Sacred Set pieces 4
O praise God, praise him in his holiness Sacred Anthems 4
O praise the Lord of heaven Sacred Anthems 4
O thou to whom all creatures bow Sacred Anthems 4
Revelation Isaac Watts Let all the heathen writers join Sacred Psalm-tunes 4
Rochester Charles Wesley Ye servants of God, your Master proclaim Sacred 4
Rocky-Nook Isaac Watts Those glorious minds, how bright they shine Sacred 4
Sanctify a fast Sacred Anthems 4
Sing praises to the Lord Sacred Anthems 4
South Boston Isaac Watts Join all the glorious names Sacred 4
St. Enoch Tate and Brady Sing to the Lord a new-made song Sacred Psalm-tunes 4
St. John's Isaac Watts Where are the mourners, saith the Lord Sacred 4
St. Thomas Isaac Watts Methinks I see my Savior dear Sacred 4
St Andrew's Isaac Watts Sacred 4
Sublimity The heavens declare the glory of God Sacred Anthems 4
Sudbury (1794) John Peck What if the saint must die Sacred 4
The dying Christian's last farewell Sacred Anthems 4
Thomas-Town Mather Byles Great God, how frail a thing is man Sacred Psalm-tunes 4
Variety, without method O God, Thou hast been displeased Sacred Anthems 4
Victory Isaac Watts To thine almighty arm we owe

Ye sons of men, a feeble race

Sacred Psalm-tunes 4
Washington-Street Isaac Watts Now shall my inward joys arise Sacred 4
West-Sudbury John Peck Here is a song, which doth belong Sacred 4
Weymouth Isaac Watts Shall we go on to sin Sacred Set pieces 4
When the Lord turned again Sacred Anthems 4