Twelve New Psalm Tunes (William Gifford)

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William Gifford's one published collection of music was Twelve New Psalm Tunes In Three Four Five, and Six Parts; with Symphonies and a Thorough Bass, for the Organ, Piano Forte &c. With Two Favorite Christmas Hymns. The book is dated 'Peck Engraver London. 1805.' at the foot of p19 (the penultimate page, and the last page of music, as p20 consists of the texts of the two Christmas hymns). The title page of the book describes Gifford as 'of South PethertonLink to the English Wikipedia article, Somersetshire'

Publication date and place: 1805 .

Description of contents

The twelve psalm tunes in this book are all settings of texts from the 'New Version' metrical psalms of Tate and Brady, while the hymns are 'Come, thou long-expected Jesus' (by Charles Wesley) and 'Rejoice, ye tenants of the earth' (a text written by Gifford himself, and mentioned by Thomas HardyLink to the English Wikipedia article in Chapter 4 of his novel Under the Greenwood TreeLink to the English Wikipedia article).

The music is laid out in full score: the parts are identified in the first piece in the book as Treble, Counter, Tenor and Bass. The treble clef is used for treble, counter, and tenor parts, with both the counter and tenor parts being notated an octave above sounding pitch. The bass part is figured, and in 'Rejoice ye tenants of the earth', the three parts in the instrumental symphonies are marked '1st Flute or Violin', '2d Flute or Violin', and 'Violoncello'.

List of works

Pages Description Text
011 PSALM 1st How blest is he who ne'er consents
022 PSALM 121st To Sion's hill I lift my eyes
033 PSALM 31st Defend me, Lord, from shame
044-5 PSALM 63d O God, my gracious God, to thee
056 PSALM 84th O God of hosts, the mighty Lord
066-7 PSALM 34th Through all the changing scenes of life
078 PSALM 95th O come, loud anthems let us sing
089 PSALM 90th Thou turnest man, O Lord, to dust
0910-11 PSALM 96th Sing to the Lord a new-made song
1012 PSALM 3rd How numerous, Lord, of late are grown
1113 PSALM 4th O Lord that art my righteous judge
1214-15 PSALM 147th O praise the Lord with hymns of joy
1316-17 1st CHRISTMAS HYMN Come, thou long-expected Jesus
1418-19 2nd CHRISTMAS HYMN Rejoice, ye tenants of the earth
1520 [Texts of the two Christmas hymns]

Works at CPDL

Title Year Page Genre Subgenre Vo. Voices
How blest is he who ne'er consents 1805 1 Sacred Hymns 4 SATB
How numerous, Lord, of late are grown 1805 12 Sacred Hymns 4 SATB
O come, loud anthems let us sing 1805 8 Sacred Hymns 4 SATB

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