The Leicestershire Harmony (John Arnold)

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General information


The first edition of The Leicesteshire Harmony was published in 1759. The title page is dated, and describes the work as being 'composed, in Modern Taste, for Four Voices, By an Eminent MASTER of the County of Leicester; and now first published For the Use of COUNTRY CHURCHES. By JOHN ARNOLD, Philo-Musicæ, Author of the Compleat Psalmodist, Essex Harmony, and the Psalmist's Recreation. The first edition was pubished in London. The imprint reads 'Printed by Robert Brown, for the AUTHOR; And Sold by C. Hitch and L. Hawes, at the Red-Lion, and J. Buckland, at the Buck, in Paternoster-Row; S Crowder, at the Looking Glass, near London-Bridge; J. Johnson, at the Harp and Crown, over against Bow Church, Cheapside: Also sold by G. Basford, jun. at Loughborough in Leicestershire.

Publication date and place: 1759 by Robert Brown in London.

The second edition was published in 1767: the title page is again dated. This describes Arnold as 'Organist, Author of the Complete Psalmodist, Essex Harmony, Psalmist's Recreation, and Church Music Reformed'. The imprint reads: 'LONDON: Printed by J. Purser, at No 4, in Red-Lion Court, Fleetstreet, And sold by J. Buckland at No 57, L. Hawes and Co. at No 32, and S. Crowder at No 12, all in Pater-noster-Row.'

Description of contents

While the title pages of both editions of the work ascribe its composition to 'an eminent master of the county of Leicester', the music may have been composed by Arnold himself: the Hymn Tune Index attributes the psalm tunes to him.

The first edition consists of 26 metrical psalm tunes (pages 1-70), 9 anthems (page 71-143) and settings of the Te Deum and Magnificat (pages 144-174). In the second edition, the Te Deum and Magnificat are replaced by two 'new psalm tunes' (pages 144-157): the first of these, 'Belgrave Tune', is a set-piece (a through-composed setting of a metrical text), while the second, 'Syston Tune', is a metrical psalm tune.

List of works

First edition

Pages Description Text
11-2 PSALM I, New Version. Woodthorpe Tune. How blest is he who ne'er consents
23-6 PSALM II, New Version. Hathorne Tune. With restless and ungoverned rage
37-8 PSALM IV, Old Version. Normanton Tune. O God, that art my righteousness
49-10 PSALM XI, Old Version. Sileby Tune. In God the Lord I put my trust
511-14 PSALM XIII, New Version. Loughborough Tune. How long wilt thou forget me, Lord
615-16 PSALM XV, Old Version. Woodhouse Tune. Within thy tabernacle, Lord
717 PSALM XXIII,2d Met. Old Version. Coates Tune. My shepherd is the living Lord
818-20 PSALM XXIV, Old Version. Verses 7, 8, 9, 10. Stanford Tune. Ye gates and everlasting doors
920-21 PSALM XXVII, Old Version. Verses 5, 6, 7, 8. Great Leak Tune. One thing of God do I require
1022-25 PSALM XXXIII, New Version. Barrow upon Soare Tune. Let all the just to God with joy
1125-29 PSALM XXIV, New Version. Quorndon Tune. Through all the changing scenes of life
1230-33 PSALM LX, New Version. Leicester Tune. O God, thou hast our troops dispersed
1333-36 PSALM LXXIV, New Version. Kegworth Tune. Why hast thou cast us off, O God
1436-39 PSALM LXXVII, Old Version, Verses 11, 12, &c. Dishley Tune. I will regard and think upon
1539-43 PSALM LXXXIX, Old Version, Verses 3, 4, 5, 6. Shepshead Tune. The heavens do show with joy and mirth
1644-45 PSALM XC, Old Version, Verses 10, 11, 12, 13. Garenton Tune. The time of our abode on earth
1745-48 PSALM CXVI, Old Version, Verses 11, 12, 13, 14. Sweedland Tune. I to the Lord will pay my vows
1848-51 PSALM CXVI, New Version. Hoeton Tune. My soul with grateful thoughts of love
1952-53 PSALM CXIX, Old Version, Verses 19, 20, &c. Rempstone Tune. I am a stranger on the earth
2053-55 PSALM CXXX, Old Version. Segrave Tune. Lord, unto thee I make my moan
2155-58 PSALM CXXVI, New Version. Thrussington Tune. When Sion's God her sons recalled
2258-60 PSALM CXXXVII, Old Version. Long Whatton Tune. When as we sat in Babylon
2360-63 PSALM CXXXVII, New Version. Charley Tune. When we, our wearied limbs to rest
2464-65 PSALM CXXXVIII, Old Version. Ruddington Tune. Thee will I praise with my whole heart
2565-67 PSALM CXLVIII, Old Version, Nottingham Tune. Give laud unto the Lord
2668-70 PSALM CL, New Version. Burton Tune. O praise the Lord from that blest place
2771-81 An ANTHEM taken out of the 96th Psalm. O sing unto the Lord a new song
2881-93 An ANTHEM taken out of 2 Sam. Chap. I. The beauty of Israel is slain
2993-101 An ANTHEM taken out of the 149th Psalm. O sing unto the Lord a new song
30102-111 An ANTHEM for Christmas-Day. Taken from the 118th Psalm. Open me the gates of righteousness
31111-116 An ANTHEM taken out of the 34th Psalm. I will bless the Lord at all times
32117-122 An ANTHEM taken out of the 9th Psalm. I will give thanks unto thee, O Lord
33123-130 An ANTHEM taken out of the 42d Psalm. Like as the hart desireth the water brooks
34131-139 An ANTHEM taken out of the 122d Psalm. I was glad when they said unto me
35139-143 An ANTHEM taken out of the 5th Chapter of Solomon's Song. I am come into my garden
36144-162 Te Deum Laudamus We praise thee, O God
37162-174 Magnificat My soul doth magnify the Lord

Works at CPDL

Title Year Page Genre Subgenre Vo. Voices
I am come into my garden 1759 139-143 Sacred Motets
Magnificat 1759 162-174 Sacred Evening Canticles 4 SATB

Substitutions into the second edition

Pages Description Text
1144-155 PSALM CVI. New Version. Verses 1, 3, 5, 13, 23, 48. Belgrave Tune. O render thanks to God above
2155-157 PSALM CXLVI. Old Version. Syston Tune. My soul, praise thou the Lord always

External links

  • Hymn Tune Index details for the first edition, source ArnoJLH 1
  • Hymn Tune Index details for the second edition, source ArnoJLH 2