A Third Volume of Original Sacred Music (John Newton)
An advertisement prior to publication appeared on p1 of the Nottingham Review and General Advertiser for the Midland Counties of Friday 17 November 1843:
NEW SACRED MUSIC,
With Instrumental Parts.
SHORTLY will be published, a Volume of NEW SACRED MUSIC (being the third set) containing twenty Tunes, two Anthems, and three Pieces adapted for occasional purposes.
BY JOHN NEWTON,
Author of the "Pilgrim," "Companion to the Pilgrim," &c. &c.
The Tunes will have the harmony condensed for the Organ or Piano-forte, and the Anthems and Pieces will be publishes with Instrumental Parts.
Price to subscribers, 5s.
Subscribers names received at the Booksellers and Musicsellers.
The work as eventually published contains three more hymn tunes than indicated by this advertisement: if the British Library catalogue is accurate in dating the publication to 1845, the enlargement of the work might be linked to the delay to publication.
John Newton's book A Third Volume of Original Sacred Music is, as the title indicates, the composer's third collection of sacred music: the two preceding books were titled The Pilgrim and The Companion to the Pilgrim. The title page of the work describes it as:
TWO ANTHEMS & THREE PIECES FOR OCCASIONAL PURPOSES
The whole Composed & Arranged for
Voices & Instruments with the Harmony condensed,
For the Organ or Piano Forte,
The title page indicates that the work was entered at Stationers' Hall, and that its price was 6s 6d. The imprint reads 'London, Published for the Author by J. Hart, Hatton Garden & may be had of the Author or any Book or Music sellers in the Kingdom.'
A Third Volume of Original Sacred Music is not itself dated, but referring to the copy at shelfmark B.463., the catalogue of the British Library gives it a date of .
The work was published by subscription, and is prefaced by a list of the subscribers.
Publication date and place: 1845 for the Author by J. Hart, Hatton Garden, London.
Description of contents
The collection consists of 23 strophic hymn tunes, three set-pieces (through-composed settings of metrical texts) and two anthems. The anthems are numbered 'No 2' and 'No 3', apparently a continuation of numbering from the one anthem Blessed be the Lord God published in The Companion to the Pilgrim.
The music is laid out in full score with the parts in the order (identified in the first piece in the book) Tenor - Alto - Treble - Bass. The treble (air) and bass are bracketed together, with small notes on these staves filling out the harmony of a keyboard accompaniment (labelled 'Organ' in the first piece in the book). Both Tenor and Alto parts are printed in the treble clef an octave above sounding pitch. For the set-pieces and anthems, instrumental parts are provided, in each case for two instruments of treble range and one of bass range. In the first two set-pieces, these are specified as being for two violins and cello, while the second anthem specifies for the cello part only.
List of subscribers
Allsops, Messrs. Music sellers, Nottingham, 6 copies
Bradbury, Mr. William, Nottingham
Collishaw, Mr. William, Gedling
Dean, Mr. George, Nottingham
Elliott, Mr. Joseph Crabb, Nottingham
Futrill, Mr. Thomas, Nottingham
Green, Mr. Thomas, Carrington
Hodges, Mr. G. B. Nottingham
Johnson, Mr. Robert, Arnold
Kirk, Mr. Jonathan, Lambley
Morley, Mr. W. Radcliff-on -Soar
Nix, Mr. Joseph, Hyson Green
Oldfield, Mr. John, Sherwood
Parnham, Mr. J. Flintham
Reader, Mr. Abram, Nottingham
Smith, Mr. James, Nottingham
Thompson, Mr. Thomas, Nottingham
Vernon, Mr. George, Bothamsall
Waters Mr. John, Bagworth, 3 copies
Yarnell, Mr. Edwin, Beeston
List of works
|1||WISDOM. L.M. Hy: 158 Bk: 2 Dr Wats.||Broad is the road that leads to death|
|2-3||JOYFUL. P.M. Hy: 276 Wesley.||Worship and thanks and blessing|
|4||RECOVERY. 10s & 11s Hy: 277 G. B. Colln||The fountain of Christ, Lord, help us to sing|
|5||INTERCESSION. C.M. Hy: 37 Bk: 2 Dr Watts.||Lift up your eyes to the heavenly seats|
|6||LOFTY PRAISE. L.M. Hy: 43 Bk: 2 Dr Watts.||Now for a song of lofty praise|
|7||ASSISTANCE. L.M. Hy: 15 Bk: 1 Dr Watts.||Let me but hear my Saviour say|
|8-9||VICTORY. L.M. Hy: 48 Bk: 1 Dr Watts.||Awake our souls, away our fears|
|9||COMMUNION. 4 lines 7s||Come and let us sweetly join|
|10||INCARNATION. S.M. Hy: 3 Bk: 1 Dr Watts.||Behold, the grace appears|
|11||CELESTIAL. S.M. Hy: 84 Bk: 2 Dr Watts.||Come, all harmonious tongues|
|12||DELIVERANCE. 4 lines 7s Hy: 450 G.B. Colln||Children of your heavenly King|
|13||DEVOTION. C.M. Hy: 106 G. B. Colln||When all thy mercies, O my God|
|14||PILGRIM. 4. 8s & 2. 6s Hy: 324 Wesley.||Come on, my partners in distress|
|15||DESIRE. C.M. Hy: 324 B. N. S.||When, O dear Jesus, when shall I|
|16-17||RADIANCE. 6 lines 8s Hy: 445 Wesley.||O come, thou radiant morning star|
|17||SION. L.M. Ps: 84 Dr Watts.||Great God, attend while Zion sings|
|18||AGNUS DEI. C.M.||Thou dear Redeemer, dying Lamb|
|19||SIMPLICITY. S.M. Ps: 103 Dr Watts.||O bless the Lord, my soul|
|20||INFINITUDE. 8.7.4. Hy: 66 Wesley.||Lo, he comes with clouds descending|
|21-24||THE CHRISTIAN'S VICTORY.||O for an overcoming faith|
|25-36||THE STAR OF JACOB.||Awake, my harp and lute|
|37-43||ANTHEM No 2. (from the 59th Psalm.)||O my God, deliver me from my enemies|
|44-46||ANTHEM No 3. (from the 5th chapter of Romans.)||Therefore being justified by faith|
|47-56||ACCLAMATION.||Joy to the world, the Lord is come|
|57||BLISS. C.M. Hy: 18 Bk: 1 Dr Watts.||Hear what the voice from heaven proclaims|
|58||MORTALITY. L.M. Hy: Wesley.||Shrinking from the cold hand of death|
|59||SACRIFICE. S.M. Hy: 142 Bk: 2 Dr Watts.||Not all the blood of beasts|
|60||OMEGA. S.M. Ps: 95 Dr Watts.||Come, sound his praise abroad|
Works at CPDL
|Broad is the road that leads to death||1845||1||Sacred||Hymns||4||SATB|
|When all thy mercies, O my God||1845||13||Sacred||Hymns||4||SATB|