Sing joyfully (William Byrd)

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  • (Posted 2023-05-12)  CPDL #73765:         
Editor: Maia McCormick (submitted 2023-05-12).   Score information: Letter, 6 pages, 124 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Eb major, long note values.
  • (Posted 2021-10-31)  CPDL #66483:         
Editor: Ulrich Alpers (submitted 2021-10-31).   Score information: A4, 5 pages, 124 kB   Copyright: CC BY SA
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  • (Posted 2021-01-29)  CPDL #62589:       
Editor: Andrew Sims (submitted 2021-01-29).   Score information: A4, 12 pages, 168 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: A bar-less edition of the anthem.
  • (Posted 2017-06-30)  CPDL #45212:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2017-06-30).   Score information: A4, 9 pages, 87 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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  • (Posted 2015-02-26)  CPDL #34673:           
Editor: Shawn K. Dunn (submitted 2015-02-26).   Score information: Letter, 4 pages, 68 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Seeing that there was not an SATB version of this piece in the public domain, I prepared this one. It is a very rough edition based on the organ reduction in the Frank van Nimwegen (SSAATB) version already on CPDL. This edition is in C Major and has some rhythms simplified, for the sake of singability. I hope others who have the time will come along and build on this/correct some of the errors. Music notation file is in MuseScore 2.0 format.
  • (Posted 2004-08-08)  CPDL #07732:      (Sibelius 2)
Editor: Stuart McIntosh (submitted 2004-08-08).   Score information: A4, 8 pages, 140 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: Sopranos 1 & 2 reversed.
  • (Posted 2001-10-17)  CPDL #03057:        (Finale 2001)
Editor: Frank van Nimwegen (submitted 2001-10-17).   Score information: A4, 9 pages, 192 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: Sing Joyfully
Composer: William Byrd
Source of text: Psalm 81: 1-4 (Geneva Bible)

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

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

    Manuscript c. 1625-1640 in the Peterhouse Partbooks: Former Caroline Set (John Cosin)
    Manuscript c. 1625-1640 in the Peterhouse Partbooks: Latter Caroline Set (John Cosin)
First published: 1768 in Cathedral Music, Volume 2, p. 34

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Original text and translations

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Sing joyfully to God our strength; sing loud unto the God of Jacob!
Take the song, bring forth the timbrel, the pleasant harp, and the viol.
Blow the trumpet in the new moon, even in the time appointed, and at our feast day.
For this is a statute for Israel, and a law of the God of Jacob.