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In the rhythm of music a secret is hidden;
If I were to divulge it, it would overturn the world. -- Jelaleddin Rumi --
|Tune name||Song description|
|Strange Race (pdf)||This is Emily Dickinson's poem "I felt a funeral in my brain" set to Sacred Harp melody #569b (Sacred Throne).
Original manuscript followed by print text with stanzas not included in the singing version.
Our singing version ends with the (unwritten repeatable) phrase
And I, and Silence, some strange Race
|Bear Creek||In The Sacred Harp, page 269 |
Clear two-page version for those who yearn to see the syllables neatly matched with the notes.
This song ranks fourty-second on the Song Use Statistics page, and it is usually sung at breakneck speed.
Alto notes & words. Alto leisurely MIDI. Alto moderate MIDI. Alto fast MIDI. Alto faster MIDI. Alto swift MIDI.
Tenor notes & words. Tenor leisurely MIDI. Tenor moderate MIDI. Tenor fast MIDI.
Bass notes & words. Bass leisurely MIDI. Bass moderate MIDI. Bass faster MIDI. Bass swift MIDI.
|Worcester||(Again, the single page 195 of The Sacred Harp is difficult to read; so here is a two-page version)
How beauteous are their feet
Who stand on Zion's hill;
Abraham Wood (1778).
|Wake every breath
|A canon (round) (8s)
Wake every breath and every string,
To bless the great Redeemer King;
William Billings (words and music) The New England Psalm Singer (Boston, 1770)
|Connection||Hail! Sacred Music hail!
We offer at thy shrine
One perfect round complete in sound, celestial and divine.
|Thomas Town||Great God how frail a thing is man, How swift his minutes pass,
His age contracts within a span, He blooms and dies like grass.
William Billings: The Continental Harmony (1794)
|more Billings||Okay we might as well create a page for works by William Billings|
|Jouissance Vous Donneray||Jouissance vous donneray,|
Mon Amy et vous meneray.
La ou pretend vostre esperance.
Vivante, ne vous laisseray;
Encore quand morte seray.
L'esprit en aura souvenance.
Jouyssance vous donneray||
composer: Claudin de Sermisy (Chansons nouvelles, 1527)
poet Clément Marot (1495-1544)
Those who feel unprepared to sing in French can just sing the note-names.
Tenor notes. Tenor MIDI (52). Tenor MIDI (57). Tenor MIDI (62).
Bass notes. Bass MIDI (52). Bass MIDI (58).
|Strike it up, Tabor|
|Strike it up, Tabor||Strike it up Tabor and pipe us a favor,
thou shalt be well paid for thy labor:
Thomas Weelkes (ca. 1557-1602)
|I shall be satisfied
As sung by Rev. G. C. Wells.
|(11s & 8s)
If I in thy likeness, O Lord, may awake
I know this stained tablet must first be washed white
Source: from Joseph Hillman, The Revivalist (Troy, N.Y., 1868)
|(next tune-name)||incipit line one
incipit line two
To be added maybe for next month: "Gethesmane" by J. L. Clapp (printed in Ancient Harmony Revived, 1849) (UCLA, YRL special collections).
Contact: David Olson (310) 410-9033 for more details.
Link to other singings in Los Angeles area
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