Sappho (William Billings)

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  • CPDL #15317:     
Editor: Tim Henderson (submitted 2007-11-04).   Score information: A4, 1 page, 253 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: This edition taken from Wyeth's Repository of Sacred Music, 2nd ed, 1820

General Information

Title: Sappho
First Line: When the fierce north wind with his airy forces
Composer: William Billings
Lyricist: Isaac Watts

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: Sacred

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1770 in The New-England Psalm-Singer, revised in The Singing Master's Assistant,  1778

Description: This setting of Isaac Watts' Sapphick Ode 'When the fierce north wind with his airy forces' was first published in William Billings' The New-England Psalm-Singer, Boston: (1770). Hymn Tune Index tune number 3453.

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Original text and translations

Original text and translations may be found at When the fierce north wind with his airy forces.