Jefferson (Alexander Johnson)

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  • (Posted 2017-03-21)  CPDL #43693:     
Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2017-03-21).   Score information: Unknown, 1 page, 39 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Comparative edition, showing Johnson's original version, compared with Lowry's (1825) revision, Southern Harmony (1835), and The Sacred Harp (1991). Differences from Johnson's original shown in colors.
  • (Posted 2017-03-21)  CPDL #43692:       
Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2017-03-21).   Score information: 7 x 10 inches (landscape), 1 page, 39 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Four-part version. Revised by James Lowry, transcribed from Supplement to the Kentucky Harmony, 1825. Note heads in four-shape format, as originally published. All five stanzas of Newton's hymn included.
  • (Posted 2017-03-21)  CPDL #43691:       
Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2017-03-21).   Score information: 7 x 10 inches (landscape), 1 page, 60 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Number of voices: 3vv   Voicing: STB
Edition notes: Three-part version. Transcribed from Moore's Columbian Harmony, 1825, for three voices: Treble-Tenor-Bass. Note heads in four-shape format, as originally published. All five stanzas of Newton's hymn included.
  • (Posted 2012-12-02)  CPDL #27691:       
Editor: Ross Jallo (submitted 2012-12-01).   Score information: Letter, 2 pages, 52 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Pitched down a whole-step from the tune in The Sacred Harp. The melody is in the tenor. Alto by S.M. Denson, 1911. I have paired it with an Advent text by Charles Wesley.

General Information

Title: Jefferson
First Line: Glorious things of thee are spoken
Composer: Alexander Johnson
Lyricist: John Newton

Number of voices: 3-4vv   Voicings: STB and SATB
Genre: Sacred   Meter: 87. 87. D

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1818 in Johnson's Tennessee Harmony

Description: Southern Harmony, 1835, p. 42. The Sacred Harp, p. 148, 1844 to the present; Alto part written by Anna L. Blackshear, 1902 (Steel and Hulan 2010). Words by John Newton, 1779, Olney Hymns, Hymn 60 of Book 1, with five stanzas.

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Original text and translations

Original text and translations may be found at Glorious things of thee are spoken.