Now begin the heavenly theme (Baltistan) (Thomas Clark)

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  • (Posted 2015-06-04)   CPDL #35652:        (Sibelius 7)
Editor: Edmund Gooch (submitted 2015-06-04).   Score information: A4, 2 pages, 51 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: The order of parts in the source is Alto - Tenor - Air - Bass, with the Alto and Tenor parts given in the treble clef an octave above sounding pitch. Only the first verse of the text is given in the source: selected subsequent verses have here been added editorially.
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General Information

Title: Now begin the heavenly theme
Composer: Thomas Clark
Tune: Baltistan
Lyricist: Anonymous

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SacredHymn   Meter: 77. 77

Language: English
Instruments: Basso continuo

Published: 1836

Description: This setting was published as tune 643 on p484 of Thomas Clark's The Congregational Harmonist, Book 4, No. 27, London: [c1836].

This setting is attributed 'T. Clark' in The Congregational Harmonist, where it is marked with a crossed circle, a symbol used in that book to indicate 'originals' (i.e. tunes not previously published).

The same text was also set by Clark to two other tunes: 'Burton', in his collection A Second Set of Psalm and Hymn Tunes, London: (1806), and 'Barham', in A Fifth Set of Psalm and Hymn Tunes, London: [c1809].

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Original text and translations

Original text and translations may be found at Now begin the heavenly theme.