Jargon (William Billings)

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  • CPDL #31736:         
Editor: Walker Boyle (submitted 2014-04-21).   Score information: Letter, 1 page, 25 kB   Copyright: CC BY
Edition notes: Includes piano reduction added by the editor. MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format.
  • CPDL #25661:  Network.png
Editor: Michael Lauer (submitted 2012-02-28).   Score information: Letter, 1 page, 77.5 kB   Copyright: Personal
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General Information

Title: Jargon
Composer: William Billings

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularPartsong   Meter: 87. 87

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1778 in The Singing Master's Assistant

Description: The Singing-Master's Assistant, 1778. Something of a musical joke by Billings, written in response to critics who accused him of breaking too many compositional rules.

External websites: http://www.mrlauer.org/music/work/billings/jargon/

Original text and translations

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Let horrid Jargon fill the Air
And rive the Nerves asunder.
Let hateful Discord greet the Ear
As terrible as Thunder.