Twelve Psalm Tunes and Eight Anthems (Stephen Jarvis)
Stephen Jarvis' one known published collection of music is a book of psalmody titled Twelve Psalm Tunes, AND EIGHT ANTHEMS. in Score, Figured for the Organ or Piano Forte.
According to the title page, the book was 'Dedicated by Permission to the REVD ROOPE ILBERT A.M. of Bowringsleigh near Kingsbridge Devon, Rector of Stockleigh Pomroy & Cheriton Bishop in the same County.'
Publication date and place: 1818 by Goulding, D'Almaine, and Potter in London.
The collection was published by subscription (the list of subscribers is given below), by Goulding, D'Almaine, Potter & Co of 20, Soho Square.
Acland, Lady, Killerton [this entry is an MS addition]
Landon, Mr. Richard, Torquay
While the book itself is undated, the Hymn Tune Index notes that the British Library copy has a watermark of 1816, indicating an earliest possible date of publication. However, the inclusion of H[enry David] Winton in the subscribers' list suggests late 1818 as the earliest date, as Winton emigrated to St. John's (Newfoundland) in August of that year and set up his bookselling business (Dictionary of Canadian Biography).
A review of the book in The Monthly Magazine in 1821 (see below) suggests this later date of publication, as there is nothing in the review to indicate that the work was being reviewed several years after its first publication.
Stephen Jarvis and his family emigrated to St. Andrew's, New Brunswick "after 1820", where he died in 1834 at the age of 73 (information from FindAGrave).
From pp361-362 (under 'New Music and the Drama') of The Monthly Magazine, or British Register, No. 360, of 1 November 1821 (part 4 of Vol. 52):
'Twelve Psalm Tunes and eight Anthems, in Score, figured for the Organ or Piano Forte. Composed by Stephen Jarvis, Dartmouth. 14s.
Though we cannot speak of the compositions here presented to us, in terms of unqualified praise, we feel justified in pronouncing them to be far from devoid of merit. In the psalm melodies we find some manifestations of fancy, as well as a suitable gravity of style; and if the bass is not always the best that might have been adopted, the harmony founded upon it is generally well constructed, though we cannot say that we meet with any of those artificial and ingenious dispositions which announce the great harmonist or master of superior contrivance. These remarks are equally applicable to the anthems, the solos of which, while they exhibit genuine specimens of church air, or melody, are somewhat deficient in that spirit and sweetness necessary to inspire a warm devotion; a blemish which is not compensated by the richness or variety of the harmonical construction. The impression, however, which we receive from our view of the whole of this publication, is not such as ought to give pain or discouragement to Mr. Jarvis as a composer of church music. The province in which he has here exercised his talents, is too intricate and difficult to involve in disgrace a moderate degree of success; and we hope that the only effect of these remarks will be to induce his further and more strenuous exertions in the same arduous walk of composition.'
List of works
|2||Psalm. 106. N.V. Verses 1. 2. 4. & last||O render thanks to God above|
|2-3||Psalm the 31st. 1st 2d 3d & 5th Verses.||Defend me, Lord, from shame|
|3-4||Psalm 32nd. 1st 7th 10th & 11th Verses.||He's blest whose sins have pardon gained|
|4||Psalm 34th. 1 2 3 and 4/5 Verses||Through all the changing scenes of life|
|5||Psalm 23d. 1 2 3 & 6 Verses||The Lord himself, the mighty Lord|
|5-6||Psalm 103d. Verses 1/2 3/4 8 & last||My soul, inspired with sacred love|
|6||Psalm 1st. Verses 1 2 3 & last||How blest is he who ne'er consents|
|6-7||Psalm 5. Verses 1/2 3 8 & last||Lord, hear the voice of my complaint|
|8||Psalm 116th. Verses 1 2 5/6 & 7||My soul with grateful thoughts of love|
|9||Psalm 69th. 1/2 16 20 & 29/30 Verses||Save me, O God, from waves that roll|
|10||Psalm 40. Verses 1 5 6 7/8||I waited meekly for the Lord|
|11||Psalm 135th. Verses 1. 2. 3. & 5.||O praise the Lord with one consent: a footnote suggests Shepherds rejoice, lift up your eyes as an alternative text.|
|12-16||Anthem 1st Chapter 1st Epistle general of Peter||Blessed be the God and Father|
|16-24||Anthem. Psalm 30th Verse 11th||Hear, O Lord, and have mercy|
|24-32||Anthem. Part of the 81st and 85th Psalms.||Sing ye merrily unto God our strength|
|33-40||Anthem. Part of the 91st & 89th Psalms.||Whoso dwelleth under the defence of the most high|
|41-47||Anthem Psalm 3d||Lord, how are they increased that trouble me|
|47-54||Anthem Part of 6 Chapter Romans||Christ being raised from the dead|
|54-63||Anthem Psalm 118th Verse 18th||The Lord hath chastened and corrected me|
|64-73||Anthem 15th Chapter Revelations||Great and marvellous are thy works|
Works at CPDL
- Hymn Tune Index details for source JarvSTPT