Twelve New Psalm Tunes (William Gifford)
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 Petherton, 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 Hardy in Chapter 4 of his novel Under the Greenwood Tree).
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
|1||PSALM 1st||How blest is he who ne'er consents|
|2||PSALM 121st||To Sion's hill I lift my eyes|
|3||PSALM 31st||Defend me, Lord, from shame|
|4-5||PSALM 63d||O God, my gracious God, to thee|
|6||PSALM 84th||O God of hosts, the mighty Lord|
|6-7||PSALM 34th||Through all the changing scenes of life|
|8||PSALM 95th||O come, loud anthems let us sing|
|9||PSALM 90th||Thou turnest man, O Lord, to dust|
|10-11||PSALM 96th||Sing to the Lord a new-made song|
|12||PSALM 3rd||How numerous, Lord, of late are grown|
|13||PSALM 4th||O Lord that art my righteous judge|
|14-15||PSALM 147th||O praise the Lord with hymns of joy|
|16-17||1st CHRISTMAS HYMN||Come, thou long-expected Jesus|
|18-19||2nd CHRISTMAS HYMN||Rejoice, ye tenants of the earth|
|20||[Texts of the two Christmas hymns]|
Works at CPDL
|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|
- Hymn Tune Index details for source GiffWTNPT