Hark from the tombs a doleful sound (Thomas Clark)

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  • (Posted 2017-01-04)   CPDL #42509:        (Sibelius 7)
Editor: Edmund Gooch (submitted 2017-01-04).   Score information: A4, 2 pages, 58 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: This edition is based on the version in Clark's An Eighth Set of Psalm Tunes, London: [c1830]. The original order of parts is 2nd - 1st - [Instrumental bass] in the opening symphony, and Tenor - [Alto] - Treble - [Bass] - [Instrumental bass] in the remainder of the piece. The alto and tenor voice parts are given in the treble clef an octave above sounding pitch in the source. The concluding symphony is given on the voice parts in the source, with the second treble-range instrumental part printed on the tenor stave at the same pitch as given in this edition (i.e. this has not been transposed by an octave in transcription). The first verse of the text is underlaid in the source, with a further three verses printed after the music: these have been underlaid editorially. The first time bar has been added editorially to accommodate the repeat which is indicated in the source with 'segno' marks.
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General Information

Title: Hark from the tombs a doleful sound
Composer: Thomas Clark
Tune: Batavia or Funeral Hymn
Lyricist: Isaac Watts

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SacredHymn   Meter: 86. 86 (C.M.)

Language: English
Instruments: Basso continuo

Published: 1811

Description: This tune was first published in the fourth volume of James Peck's publication Peck's Miscellaneous Collection of Sacred Music, London: (1811), where it is given the tune name 'Batavia'.

The tune was later republished on pp27-28 of Thomas Clark's own collection An Eighth Set of Psalm Tunes, London: [c1830], where it is headed 'FUNERAL HYMN'.

Hymn Tune Index tune number 15664.

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Original text and translations

Original text and translations may be found at Hark! From the tombs a doleful sound.