A Ninth Set of Psalm Tunes (Thomas Clark)

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Publication

Thomas Clark's A Ninth Set of Psalm Tunes was published by Clementi & Co of 26 Cheapside, London. The publication is not dated, but the catalogue of the British Library dates the work (classmark H.967.b.(9.)) to [c1830]: that copy has a slip of paper reading 'Published by Wm Blackman, 5, Bridge Street, Boro'' pasted over the imprint of Clementi & Co.

Description of contents

The work is described by its title page as A / Ninth Set of / PSALM TUNES, / and / AN ANTHEM / WITH / Symphonies & an Instrumental Bass, / The whole Composed & Adapted for the use of / Country Choirs, / BY / THOMAS CLARK, / (Canterbury.).

It contains 18 settings of metrical psalm texts (of which 4 are from the Old Version, 5 are from the New Version of Tate & Brady, 4 are by Isaac Watts, and 5 are by James Merrick), and one anthem.

The music is laid out in full score with the soprano air next to the bass. The treble clef is used for soprano, alto, and tenor parts, with both the alto and tenor parts being notated an octave above sounding pitch.

A figured instrumental bass is given throughout, with 'symphonies' (short instrumental introductions and interludes) scored for three instruments (the figured bassline plus two instruments of treble pitch). Where these symphonies occur on the same systems as the vocal parts, the first treble instrument part is generally printed on the soprano part, and the second treble instrument on the tenor part.

This is the last in a series of nine books of 'psalm tunes … with symphonies and an instrumental bass' by Clark, the first, A Set of Psalm Tunes, having been published in 1805.

List of works

Pages Description Text
012-3 PSALM 1st Old Version. Ver: 1, 2, 3, 4. The man is blest that hath not lent
023-4 PSALM 5th New Version. Ver: 1, 2, 3, 4. Lord, hear the voice of my complaint
034-5 PSALM 13th MERRICK's Version. Ver: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. Thy suppliant's voice attentive weigh
046-7 PSALM 23rd Dr WATTS. Ver: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. My shepherd will supply my need
057-8 PSALM 41st MERRICK's Version. Blest who with generous pity glows
069-10 PSALM 57th Old Version. Ver: 10, 11, 12, 13. Awake my joy, awake I say
0710-11 PSALM 82nd New Version. Ver: 1, 2, 3, 4. God in the great assembly stands
0812-13 PSALM 89th Dr WATTS. Ver: 1, 2, 3, 4, 6. With rev'rence let the saints appear
0913-15 PSALM 92nd Dr WATTS. Ver: 1, 2, 3. Sweet is the work, my God, my King
1015-16 PSALM 95th Old Version. Ver: 1, 2, 6, 7. O come, let us lift up our voice
1117-21 PSALM 98th New Version. Ver: 1, 2, 3, 4. Sing to the Lord a new made song
1221-23 PSALM 117th New Version. With cheerful notes let all the earth
1324-25 PSALM 121st MERRICK's Version. Lo, from the hills my help descends
1425-26 PSALM 122nd MERRICK's Version. Ver: 1, 5, 6, 7. The festal morn, my God, is come
1526-27 PSALM 146th New Version. Ver: 1, 2, 3, 4. O praise the Lord, and thou, my soul
1628-29 PSALM 148th Dr WATTS. Ver: 1, 2, 3, 6. Let ev'ry creature join
1729-30 PSALM 149th Old Version. Ver: 1, 2, 3, 4. Sing ye unto the Lord our God
1831-32 PSALM 150th MERRICK's Version. Praise, O praise the name divine
1933-36 ANTHEM. PSALM 4th Ver: 1, 3, 5. Hear me when I call, O God of my righteousness