Jefferson (Alexander Johnson)

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  • (Posted 2017-03-21)   CPDL #43693:     
Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2017-03-21).   Score information: Unknown, 1 page, 39 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Comparative edition, showing Johnson's original version, compared with Lowry's (1825) revision, Southern Harmony (1835), and The Sacred Harp (1991). Differences from Johnson's original shown in colors. MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format.
  • (Posted 2017-03-21)   CPDL #43692:       
Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2017-03-21).   Score information: 7 x 10 inches (landscape), 1 page, 39 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Four-part version. Revised by James Lowry, transcribed from Supplement to the Kentucky Harmony, 1825. Note heads in four-shape format, as originally published. All five stanzas of Newton's hymn included. MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format.
  • (Posted 2017-03-21)   CPDL #43691:       
Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2017-03-21).   Score information: 7 x 10 inches (landscape), 1 page, 60 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Number of voices: 3vv   Voicing: STB
Edition notes: Three-part version. Transcribed from Moore's Columbian Harmony, 1825, for three voices: Treble-Tenor-Bass. Note heads in four-shape format, as originally published. All five stanzas of Newton's hymn included. MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format.
  • (Posted 2012-12-02)   CPDL #27691:     
Editor: Ross Jallo (submitted 2012-12-01).   Score information: Letter, 2 pages, 52 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Pitched down a whole-step from the tune in The Sacred Harp. The melody is in the tenor. Alto by S.M. Denson, 1911. I have paired it with an Advent text by Charles Wesley. Original text and translations may be found at Come, thou long-expected Jesus.

General Information

Title: Jefferson
First Line: Glorious things of thee are spoken
Composer: Alexander Johnson
Lyricist: John Newton

Number of voices: 3-4vv   Voicings: STB and SATB
Genre: Sacred   Meter: 87. 87. D

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

Published: 1818 in Johnson's Tennessee Harmony.

Description: Southern Harmony, 1835, p. 42. The Sacred Harp, p. 148, 1844 to the present; Alto part written by Anna L. Blackshear, 1902 (Steel and Hulan 2010). Words by John Newton, 1779, Olney Hymns, Hymn 60 of Book 1, with five stanzas.

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Original text and translations

Original text and translations may be found at Glorious things of thee are spoken.