Why should we start and fear to die (Richard Taylor)

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  • (Posted 2016-12-16)  CPDL #42322:        (Sibelius 7)
Editor: Edmund Gooch (submitted 2016-12-16).   Score information: A4, 1 page, 51 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: The order of staves in the source is the same as given here: the topmost part and the third stave down (which carries the air) are both printed in the source in the treble clef, with no indication of octave. The topmost stave has been treated as a soprano part here, and the third stave down (air) as a tenor part. The alto and tenor parts in bar 4, given here as a crotchet slurred to a minim, are both printed in the source as a small crotchet grace note slurred to a full-sized dotted minim. The soprano notes on bar 6, beat 3 and bar 7, beats 1-2, given here as C and B, are printed in the source as the B and A respectively, one degree of the scale lower. The soprano notes on beats 1-2 of bar 13 are printed in the source as a crotchet B slurred to a quaver B and a quaver A. The slur between beats 1 and 2 of the bass part in bar 14 is absent from the source and has been added editorially. The first verse only of the text is underlaid in the source, with the further two verses given here printed after the music. The bass notes on bar 1 beat 3, bar 4 beat 1, and bar 12 beat 3 are figured with sharps underneath in the source, but no other bass figuring is given. A cautionary natural is printed before the alto F in bar 6 in the source.

General Information

Title: Why should we start and fear to die
Composer: Richard Taylor
Tune: Disolution
Lyricist: Isaac Watts

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SacredHymn   Meter: 88. 88 (L.M.)

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1789 in Richard Taylor's first book, The Beauties of Sacred Verse, London, on p. 21
Description: Hymn Tune Index tune number 5218.

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Original text and translations

Original text and translations may be found at Why should we start and fear to die.