A Collection of Hymn Tunes and Anthems (James Leach)

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Title: A Collection of Hymn Tunes and Anthems, Composed and Adapted for a Full Choir, by the Late Mr. James Leach, Published for the Benefit of his Widow and Children

Composer – Compiler: James Leach

Description: A Collection of Hymn Tunes and Anthems was the third volume of James Leach's music to be published, and the only one of the three to be published posthumously. The volume appears to have been published shortly after Leach's death on 8 February 1798: its title page describes it as 'published for the benefit of his Widow and Children'. The book was published in London by T. Preston of 97, Strand, and 'to be had of the Widow at Manchester'. It contains 31 pieces, most of which are anthems or set-pieces (through-composed settings of metrical texts). Most of the pieces have figured basses, and some have other independent instrumental accompaniment parts. This was apparently published in twelve "numbers":

1. Works 1-4, pp. 1-23
2. Works 5-7, pp. 24-46
3. Works 8-9, pp. 47-66
4. Works 10-11, pp. 67-93
5. Works 12-15, pp. 94-115
6. Works 16-17, pp. 116-136
7-8. Works 18-23, pp. 137-177
9-10. Work 24, pp. 178-225
11-12. Works 25-31, pp. 226-265

Leach's intentions for voice parts and instrumentation can be seen in the largest work, Asylum, where the part and instrument names are specified.

Publication date and place: 1798 by T. Preston of 97 Strand, London.

List of works

No. Pages Title Text Comment
1 011 Nativity Lift up your heads in joyful hope
2 022-6 Crucifixtion When I survey the wondrous cross
3 037-20 Resurrection What hath the world to equal this
4 0421-23 Judgement The Judge of all shall soon come down
5 0524-37 Innocence Come let us join the host above
6 0638-42 Jordan Guide me, O thou great Jehovah
7 0743-46 Melody Lord, that I may sing to thee
8 0847-53 Funeral Farewell, dear friend, a long farewell
9 0954-66 New Years Day Eternal source of every joy
10 1067-74 Animation Begin the high celestial strain
11 1175-93 The Last Trial To seal the universal doom
12 1294-100 Ode for Sunday Schools Blest be the man whose liberal heart
13 13101-104 Sabaoth The Lord of Sabbath let us praise
14 14105-110 Emanuel Burst, ye emerald gates, and bring
15 15111-115 Christmas Shepherds, rejoice, and send your fears away
16 16116-130 (Anthem) Blessed is he that considereth the poor from the 41 Psalm
17 17131-136 Advent Hark the glad sound, the Saviour comes
18 18137-151 (Anthem) I was glad when they said unto me from the 122d Psalm
19 19152-159 The Dying Saints Soliloquy Thou lamp of intellectual ray
20 20160-163 Communion Worthy, O Lord, art thou alone
21 21164-170 (Anthem) Lay not up treasure on Earth
22 22171-173 Gilead Salvation, O the joyful sound
23 23174-177 Morning Hymn The morning breaks: my soul, awake
24 24178-225 Asylum Behold, the heaven and the heaven of heavens Anthem
25 25226-258 Millenium Thus saith the Lord: behold, I create new heavens
26 26259-260 Hosannah Come, angels, tune your harps of gold
27 27261 Cheetham As when the weary traveller gains
28 28262-263 Incarnation The prophets to our fathers spake
29 29264 Bacup (No text given) 6 Lines 8s.
30 30265 New Sabaoth Hail, happy day, a day of holy rest 4 Lines 10s.
31 31265 Blackburn (No text given) 4 Lines 8s.

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Works at CPDL

Title Year No. Composer Page Genre Subgenre Vo. Voices
Behold, the heaven and the heaven of heavens 1798 24 James Leach 178 Sacred Oratorios 1-8 SATB, SATB.SATB
Hark the glad sound, the Saviour comes 1798 17 James Leach 131 Sacred Set pieces 4 SATB
Shepherds, rejoice, and send your fears away 1798 15 James Leach 111 Sacred Anthems 4 SATB
When I survey the wondrous cross 1798 2 James Leach 2 Sacred Set pieces 4 SATB