A Fourth Set of Psalm Tunes (Thomas Clark)

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Thomas Clark's A Fourth Set of Psalm Tunes, Two Anthems, and an Hymn for Christmas, With Symphonies & an Instrumental Bass was published in London by Button & Whitaker. The collection is undated but the Hymn Tune Index notes that the dates of activity of the publisher were c1808–14, and suggests that this book dates from c1810. The collection was subsequently reissued by Clementi, Collard and Collard, of 26 Cheapside.

Publication date and place: c. 1810 by Button and Whittaker in London

Description of contents

A Fourth Set of Psalm Tunes contains 12 metrical psalm tunes (setting 4 texts from the 'Old Version' of Sternhold & Hopkins, 6 from the 'New Version' of Tate & Brady, and 2 by Isaac Watts), 2 anthems on prose texts, and a through-composed setting of Samuel Medley's Christmas hymn 'Mortals awake, with angels join'.

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
01 2-3 Psalm 1st New Version. Ver: 1. 2. 3. 4. How blest is he who ne'er consents
02 3-4 Psalm 4th Old Version. Ver: 1. 2. 3. 4. O God, thou art my righteousness
03 4-5 Psalm 15th Old Version. Ver: 1. 2. 3. 4.  Within thy tabernacle, Lord
04 6-7 Psalm 18th Old Version. Ver. 9. 10. 11. 12. The Lord descended from above
05 8-9 Psalm 46th New Version God is our refuge in distress
06 10-11 Psalm 65th Dr Watts. Tis by thy strength the mountains stand'Tis by thy strength the mountains stand
07 11-12 Psalm 81st Old Version. Ver: 1. 2. 3. 4. Be light and glad, in God rejoice
08 12-13 Psalm 105th New Version. Ver: 1. 2. 3. 4. O render thanks and bless the Lord
09 14-15 Psalm 108th New Version. Ver: 1. 2. 3. 4. O God, my heart is fully bent
10 15-17 Psalm 121st Dr Watts. Ver: 1. 2. 3. 4. Upward I lift mine eyes
11 17-19 Psalm 122nd New Version. Ver. 1. 2. 3. 5.  O twas a joyful sound to hearO 'twas a joyful sound to hear
12 19-20 Psalm 136th New Version. Ver. 1. 3. 12. 13. To God, the mighty Lord
13 21-23 Anthem. Luke Chap: 15th Ver: 18. 19. I will arise and go to my Father
14 24-30 Anthem. Psalm 2nd Ver: 1. 2. 3. 4. 9. 11. 12. Why do the heathen rage
15 31-37 Hymn for Christmas Mortals awake, with angels join

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