The Village Harmony (Samuel Wakely)
Publication and description of contents
Samuel Wakely's book The Village Harmony was published in 1846: it is undated, but this date is given by the British Library catalogue for the copy at shelfmark H.1181.(40.).
Publication date and place: 1846 by John Peck in London.
The first page of music is unnumbered, but is followed by page 2: this first page has a drop title which describes the work as 'containing two anthems & fifteen psalm tunes, with canons and rounds'. Of the fifteen 'psalm tunes', the first fourteen are all settings of the 'New Version' metrical psalms by Nahum Tate and Nicholas Brady: the fifteenth is a setting of Thomas Ken's doxology 'Praise God from whom all blessings flow'. The drop title identifies Wakely as the 'Author of the well known Tunes called Reuben & Navarino': it describes Village Harmony as his 'Book 5', and gives its price as 5 shillings. The work was published in London, 'for the Author, by J. PECK, 44, Newgate Street'. Humphries and Smith indicate that John Peck operated alone at this address c1836-1850: he was previously in partnership with his father James Peck (p255, Humphries & Smith, 1970). James Peck had been the publisher of Wakely's earlier works, during Wakely's time in Bridport.
Village Harmony was published by subscription, and the list of subscribers is printed on p20 of the work. Many of the subscribers are from west Hampshire, south Wiltshire or east Dorset, the area local to Wakely who was living in Rockbourne at the time.
The psalm tunes are laid out in full score in four parts, which are not labelled but appear to be Tenor - Alto - Soprano - Bass, with the melody in the soprano part: the upper three parts are given in the treble clef. The tenor and alto parts are notated an octave above sounding pitch, and the soprano and bass are bracketed together. The canons are in two parts (treble and bass clefs), while the rounds are in three parts (treble clef). The anthems include four-part choruses laid out in the same format as the psalm tunes, as well as solo, duet and verse sections.
The vocal bass parts in the anthems and psalm tunes are figured, and there are some sections of the bass parts in both anthems and psalm tunes which are clearly instrumental: some, but not all, of these are marked 'Inst:'. There are also some treble-range instrumental sections in both anthems and psalm tunes, marked 'Sym:' to indicate 'symphonies'. The canons and rounds show no indication of independent instrumental accompaniment.
Carnagie, Revd J. Cranborne.
Lewis, Mr J. Bucklington.
List of works
|-5||The Musician’s Funeral Anthem.||My harp is turned to mourning|
|6-9||I am thine, O save me. An Anthem on the 119th Psalm.||I am thine, O save me|
|10||Inspection. L.M. Psalm 14th Ver: 2. 3. 5. 6. 7.||The Lord looked down from heaven's high tower|
|10||Heavenly Light. L.M. Psalm 43. Verse 3.||Let me with light and truth be blest|
|11||Hooper. S.M. Psalm 25. Pt: 2. N.V.||Since mercy is the grace|
|11||Cranmer. C.M. Psalm 102. N.V.||When I pour out my soul in prayer|
|12||Wickliffe. L.M. Psalm 89. N.V.||Thy mercies, Lord, shall be my song|
|12||Ridley. S.M. Psalm 142. N.V.||To God with mournful voice|
|13||Invitation. L.M. Psalm 95. N.V.||O come, loud anthems let us sing|
|14||Tindal. L.M. Psalm 101. N.V.||Of mercy's never-failing spring|
|14||Luther. L.M. Psalm 18. Pt 2.||The Lord did on my side engage|
|15||Latimer. C.M. Psalm 141.||To thee, O God, my cries ascend|
|15||Bradford. C.M. Psalm 86. N.V.||Teach me the way, O Lord, and I|
|16||Grand Ascension. C.M. Psalm 24. Ver: 7. &c: N.V.||Erect your heads, eternal gates|
|17||Saunders. L.M. Psalm 139. N.V.||Thou, Lord, by strictest search hast known|
|17||Philpot. C.M. Psalm 22. Pt: 2. N.V.||Thus in thy sacred courts will I|
|18||Ken. L.M.||Praise God, from whom all blessings flow|
|18-19||Canon. To be sung before Meat.||The eyes of all wait upon thee, O Lord|
|19||Canon. To be sung after Meat.||O thank the Lord, who giveth food to all flesh|
|19||A Round for three Voices. From the 65th Psalm N.V.||Thy goodness does the circling year|
|19||A Round for three Voices.||Arise, O Lord God, and lift up thine hand|
Works at CPDL
|Since mercy is the grace||1846||11||Sacred||Hymns||4||SATB|
|The Lord looked down from heaven's high tower||1846||10||Sacred||Hymns||4||SATB|
- Charles Humphries & William C. Smith, Music Publishing in the British Isles, 2nd edition, Oxford: Basil Blackwell, 1970.