O that the salvation were given (Thomas Tomkins)

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  • (Posted 2017-08-16)  CPDL #45928:       
Editor: Ross Jallo (submitted 2017-08-16).   Score information: Letter, 15 pages, 266 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Original key and note values. Editorial accidentals and slurs added. The accompaniment (which, in the original print, is at times quite skeletal) has been fleshed out.

General Information

Title: O that the salvation were given unto Israel
Composer: Thomas Tomkins
Text: Psalm 53:7-8

Number of voices: 8vv   Voicing: SSAATTBB
Genre: SacredVerse anthem

Language: English
Instruments: Organ

First published: 1668 in Musica Deo sacra, no. 34
Description: This verse anthem, with a text from Psalm 53, is for four soloists (SSBB) and eight-part choir (SSAATTBB). The antiphonal writing in the choruses suggests that the best choral configuration for this piece may be by sides (decani and cantoris), though the parts are not indicated as such except occasionally in the tenor partbook.

Original text and translations

Original text and translations may be found at Psalm 53.