Head of the Church (Jeremiah Ingalls)

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  • (Posted 2017-06-05)  CPDL #44874:       
Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2017-06-05).   Score information: 7 x 10 inches (landscape), 1 page, 33 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Four-part version; Counter part written by B. C. Johnston, 2017. Note shapes added (4-shape). All eight half-stanzas of Wesley's hymn included. MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format.
  • (Posted 2017-06-05)   CPDL #44873:       
Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2017-06-05).   Score information: Letter, 1 page, 39 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Three-part version. Oval note edition, as written in 1805. All eight half-stanzas of Wesley's hymn included. MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format.
  • (Posted 2017-06-05)   CPDL #44872:   
Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2017-06-05).   Score information: 7 x 10 inches (landscape), 1 page, 32 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Three-part version. Note shapes added (4-shape). All eight half-stanzas of Wesley's hymn included.

General Information

Title: Head of the Church
First Line: Head of the church triumphant
Composer: Jeremiah Ingalls
Lyricist: Charles Wesley

Number of voices: 3vv   Voicing: STB
Genre: Sacred   Meter: 77. 447. 77. 447 (Wesley); Meter: 77. 447 (Ingalls)

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

Published: 1805 in Ingalls' The Christian Harmony, pp. 101-102, for three voices: Treble-Tenor-Bass.

Description: A folk hymn (Jackson 1952, no. 322). Words by Charles Wesley, 1745, Hymns for 1745, No. 15, with four stanzas, each 77. 447. 77. 447. Ingalls wrote music for each half stanza, (77. 447.), leading to eight stanzas in his composition. Ingalls has modified Wesley's first line slightly to "Head of the church triumphant."

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Original text and translations

Original text and translations may be found at Head of thy church triumphant.