A Set of Psalm Tunes (Thomas Clark)

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Thomas Clark's A Set of Psalm Tunes was published in 1805: the book was entered at Stationers' Hall by the composer on 16 October 1805. It was subsequently reissued: the Hymn Tune Index notes that the exemplar at GB-Lbl: H.967.(1.) is 'probably a later issue' as the address details of the publisher given in the imprint ('London / Printed at BUTTON & WHITAKER’S Music & Musical Instrut Warehouse, / No 75, St Paul’s Church Yard') date it to the period c1808-1814.

Publication date and place: 1805 by Button and Whitaker in London

Description of contents

A Set of Psalm Tunes contains 11 metrical psalm tunes (setting 2 texts from the 'Old Version' of Sternhold & Hopkins, 7 from the 'New Version' of Tate & Brady, and 2 by Isaac Watts), and a through-composed setting of the New Version Psalm 150.

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. The title page suggests the possibility of accompaniment either by keyboard or other instruments, describing the tunes as 'Adapted for the use of Parochial or Country Choirs and figured for the Organ, Piano Forte &c'.

List of works

Pages Description Text
01 1 Psalm XI. New version. Verses 1. 2. 3. 4. Since I have placed my trust in God
02 2-3 Psalm XIII. New ver: 1. 2. 3. 4. How long wilt thou forget me, Lord?
03 3-5 Psalm XIX. N. V. ver: 1. 2. 3. 4. The heav'ns declare thy glory, Lord
04 5-7 Psalm XXIII O. V. 1. 2. 3. 4. My shepherd is the living Lord
05 7-9 Psalm XXVI. N. V. 1. 2. 5. 6. Judge me, O Lord, for I the paths
06 9-11 Psalm XXXIII N. V. 1. 2. 3. 4. Let all the just to God with joy
07 11-12 Psalm XLVI Dr. Watts. ver: 1. 2. 3. 4. Let Sion in her King rejoice
08 13-15 Psalm XLVII. O.V. ver: 1. 2. 5. 6. Ye people all with one accord
09 16-17 Psalm L. N. V. ver: 1. 2. 3. 4. The Lord hath spoke: the mighty God
10 17-18 Psalm LXXXVI. N.V. ver: 1. 2. 3. 4. To my complaint, O Lord my God
11 18-20 Psalm XCV. Dr. Watts. ver. 1. 2. 3. 4. Sing to the Lord Jehovah's name
12 21-28 Psalm CL. N.V. O praise the Lord in that blest place

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