Separation (Alexander Johnson)

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Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2017-03-24).   Score information: Letter, 1 page, 60 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Four-part version; Counter part written by B. C. Johnston, 2017. Note heads converted to oval shapes. Two more pairs of stanzas included, from Watts' hymn.
Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2017-03-24).   Score information: 7 x 10 inches (landscape), 1 page, 69 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Four-part version; Counter part written by B. C. Johnston, 2017. Note heads in four-shape format, as originally published. Two more pairs of stanzas included, from Watts' hymn.
Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2017-03-24).   Score information: Letter, 1 page, 54 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Three-part version. Note heads converted to oval shapes. Two more pairs of stanzas included, from Watts' hymn.
Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2017-03-24).   Score information: 7 x 10 inches (landscape), 1 page, 63 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Three-part version. Note heads in four-shape format, as originally published. Two more pairs of stanzas included, from Watts' hymn.

General Information

Title: Separation
First Line: Why do we mourn departing friends
Composer: Alexander Johnson
Lyricist: Isaac Watts

Number of voices: 3vv   Voicing: STB
Genre: Sacred   Meter: 86. 86 (C.M.)

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1818 in Johnson's Tennessee Harmony, for three voices: Treble-Tenor-Bass

Description: This tune is a folk hymn, listed as no, 54 in George Pullen Jackson, Spiritual Folk-Songs of Early America, Second Edition, 1953. Words by Isaac Watts, 1709, Hymn 3 of Book 2, with six stanzas. Johnson used the first two stanzas of Watts' hymn in his composition.

Reference:

  • Jackson, George Pullen. 1953. Spiritual Folk-Songs of Early America, Second Edition. Locust Valley, New York: J. J. Augustin. 254 pp. Separation, No. 54 on p. 88.

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Original text and translations

Original text and translations may be found at Why do we mourn departing friends.