A Sixth Set of Psalm Tunes (Thomas Clark)

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Thomas Clark's A Sixth Set of Psalm Tunes, A Morning and Evening Hymn, and an Anthem, with Symphonies and an Instrumental Bass, Also Two Chants, Two Responses and Sanctus was published in London, by Button, Whitaker & Beadnell of 75, St Paul's Church Yard. The dates of operation of the publishers at this address were c1814-19. It would appear that the collection was published towards the beginning of this period, as an advertisement placed by Button, Whitaker and Beadnell in Trewman's Exeter Flying Post or Plymouth and Cornish Advertiser, issue 2554 on 18 August 1814 advertised Clark's first five sets of psalm tunes with symphonies and an instrumental bass, and noted that 'A Sixth Set will be published in a few weeks'.

Publication date and place: 1814 by Button, Whitaker, and Beadnell in London.

Description of contents

The collection consists of 17 metrical psalm tunes (setting 6 texts from the 'Old Version' of Sternhold & Hopkins, 5 from the 'New Version' of Tate & Brady, 5 by Isaac Watts, and 1 by James Merrick), strophic settings of morning and evening hymns, an anthem, two chants (one single and one double), and settings of the two responses to the Ten Commandments and of the Sanctus (both texts from the Book of Common Prayer Communion service).

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.

A figured instrumental bass is given throughout, with 'symphonies' (short instrumental introductions and interludes) scored for three instruments (the figured bassline plus two instruments of treble pitch). Where these symphonies occur on the same systems as the vocal parts, the first treble instrument part is generally printed on the soprano part, and the second treble instrument on the tenor part.

List of works

Pages Description Text
012-3 Psalm 11th Old Version. Ver: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. In God the Lord I put my trust
023-4 Psalm 18th Old Version. Ver: 1. 2. 3. 4. 6. O God, my strength and fortitude
035-6 Psalm 33rd Dr Watts. Ver: 1. 2. 3. 4. Rejoice, ye righteous, in the Lord
046-7 Psalm 34th Old Version. Ver: 1. 2. 3. 4. I will give laud and honour both
058-9 Psalm 47th Mr Merrick. Ver: 1. 2. 3. 4. Arise, ye people, clap the hand
069-10 Psalm 57th New Version. Ver: 1. 2. 3. 5. Thy mercy, Lord, to me extend
0710-11 Psalm 96th Dr Watts. Ver: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. Sing to the Lord, ye distant lands
0812-13 Psalm 99th New Version. Ver: 1. 2. 3. 4 Jehovah reigns; let therefore all
0913-14 Psalm 100th New Version With one consent let all the earth
1014-15 Psalm 116th Old Version. Ver: 1. 2. 3. 4. I love the Lord, because the voice
1116-17 Psalm 121st New Version. Ver: 1. 2. 3. 5. To Sion's hill I lift my eyes
1217-18 Psalm 122nd Dr Watts. Ver: 1. 2. 3. 4. How pleased and blest was I
1319-20 Psalm 134th Old Version. Behold and have regard
1420-21 Psalm 139th Dr Watts. Ver: 1. 2. 3. 5. Lord, thou hast searched and seen me through
1522-23 Psalm 145th Dr Watts. Ver: 1. 2. 5. 6. My God, my King, thy various praise
1623-24 Psalm 148th Old Version. Ver: 1. 2. 3. 6. Give laud unto the Lord
1725-26 Psalm 149th New Version. Ver: 1. 2. 3. O praise ye the Lord: prepare your glad voice
1826-27 Morning Hymn. Once more, my soul, the rising day
1928-29 Evening Hymn. Dread Sovereign, let my evening song
2030-36 Anthem. Isaiah Chap: 12th Ver: 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. Behold, God is my salvation
2137 Single Chant No text specified
2237 Double Chant No text specified
2337 Responses Lord, have mercy upon us
2438 Sanctus Holy, holy, holy, Lord God of hosts

Works at CPDL

Title Year Page Genre Subgenre Vo. Voices
Behold and have regard 1814 19 Sacred Hymns 4 SATB
Rejoice, ye righteous, in the Lord 1814 5 Sacred Hymns 4 SATB
Sing to the Lord, ye distant lands 1814 10 Sacred Hymns 4 SATB

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