Creation (William Billings)

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  • (Posted 2015-04-29)   CPDL #35225:   
Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2015-04-29).   Score information: Unknown, 3 pages, 121 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Note shapes added (4-shape). Transcribed from The Continental Harmony, 1794.
  • CPDL #15649:  Network.png
Editor: Michael Lauer (submitted 2007-12-12).   Score information: Letter, 4 pages, 100 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: Transcribed from The Continental Harmony, 1794.

General Information

Title: Creation
First Line: When I with pleasing wonder stand
Composer: William Billings
Lyricist: Isaac Watts

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SacredAnthem   Meter: 86. 86 (C.M.)

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First Published: 1779 in Music in Miniature, no. 4, p. 3.
     2. Published: 1794 in The Continental Harmony, no. 9, p. 52-54.

Description: The first 15 measures were published in Music in Miniature, 1779, p. 3, in the key of G Major. Revised (to F Major) and expanded in The Continental Harmony, 1794, pp. 52-54. Words from Isaac Watts, 1719, paraphrase of Psalm 139 (measures 1-22); and Isaac Watts, 1709, Hymn 19 of Book 2 (measures 23-61).

External websites: http://www.mrlauer.org/music/

Original text and translations

Original text and translations may be found at Psalm 139 and Let others boast how strong they be.