Sacred Music (John Massey)

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General information


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

Page(s) Description Text
011 Amity L.M. Stand up, my soul, shake off thy fears
022 Refuge He that has made his refuge God
033 Piety L.M. Who shall ascend thy heavenly place
044 Delight L.M. Sing to the Lord, ye saints of his
055 Sprightly L.M. Jesus shall reign where'er the sun
066 Omnipotence L.M. God of the seas, thy thundering voice
077 Invitation L.M. Come hither all ye weary souls
088 Traveller L.M. Broad is the road that leads to death
099 Pilgrimage C.M. My God, the spring of all my joys
1010 Prospect C.M. Sweet fields beyond the swelling flood
1111 Request C.M. Return, O God of love, return
1212 Meander C.M. Salvation, O the joyful sound
1313 Meditation C.M. Stoop down, my thoughts, that used to rise
1414-15 Silk Steet C.M. With Chorus Come let us join the host above
1516 Eternity. Thee we adore, eternal name
1617 Felicity S.M. To our redeemer God
1718-19 Ascension S.M. Welcome, sweet day of rest
1819 Moravian S.M. My God, my life, my love
1920-21 Sojourner S.M. Ye weary pilgrims, come
2022 Damascus 4.7s Sons of men, behold from far
2123 Radiance 4.7s. Hark, the skies with music sound
2224-25 Meriba 8.8.6. Arise and hail the sacred day
2326 Brevity 7.6. Metre. Time is winging us away
2427 Transcendent 8s 7s Metre. Love divine, all loves excelling
2528-29 Saratoga 8.7.4. Metre. Children who are gone to glory
2630-31 Doxology L.M. To God the Father, God the Son
2732-33 Sovereignty 148. Metre. Let all the nations fear
2834-36 Anthem Psalm 117th O praise the Lord, all ye nations
2937-41 Anthem Revelations Chaprr 14th Verse 13. I heard a voice from heaven
3042-51 Anthem Luke 2d Chapr 8th and following Verses. There were shepherds abiding in the fields

Works at CPDL

Title Year Page Genre Subgenre Vo. Voices
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

External links

  • Hymn Tune Index details for source MassJSM