Complainer (William Walker)

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  • (Posted 2018-07-04)  CPDL #50376:         
Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2018-07-04).   Score information: 7 x 10 inches (landscape), 1 page, 47 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Arranged by William Hauser, Notes in four-shape format, as published in 1848. Five stanzas included. A note in The Hesperian Harp says "Parts by W. H.," which means Hauser wrote the Treble, Alto, and Bass parts to Walker's Tenor.
  • (Posted 2018-07-03)  CPDL #50375:         
Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2018-07-03).   Score information: 7 x 10 inches (landscape), 1 page, 48 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Notes in four-shape format, as published in 1835. Five stanzas included.

General Information

Title: Complainer
First Line: I am a great complainer
Composer: William Walker
Lyricist: Anonymous

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: Sacred   Meter: 76. 76. D

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1835 in Southern Harmony, p. 18, for three voices: Treble-Tenor-Bass; Alto part added by Walker in his Christian Harmony, 1867
    2nd published: 1844 in The Sacred Harp, p. 141
    3rd published: 1848 in The Hesperian Harp, added Alto part
    4th published: 1867 in William Walker's The Christian Harmony, added a differemt Alto part
    5th published: 1911 in The Sacred Harp (1911)
Description: This tune was also arranged by William Hauser in 1848. This is in The Sacred Harp, p. 141, 1844 to the present, in three parts until the 1911 edition, when William Walker's Alto was added. Words by an unknown author, apparently first published in John Purify, A Selection of Hymns and Spiritual Songs, in Two Parts. Raleigh, North Carolina: J. Gales and Son, 1833 (first edition 1826, not seen), with eight stanzas; Walker only has five.

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Original text and translations

Original text and translations may be found at I am a great complainer.