Teach me, O Lord, the way of thy statutes (William Boyce)

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  • CPDL #25783:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2012-03-18).   Score information: A4, 6 pages, 80 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Transcribed from the 1780 edition. The Alto verse part is low and has been set with the 8ve-below-treble clef, so could be sung by a tenor. MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format.
  • CPDL #25217:        (Sibelius 5)
Editor: Jonathan Goodliffe (submitted 2011-12-24).   Score information: A4, 7 pages, 82 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Source: "Fifteen anthems together with a Te deum and Jubilate, in score for 1,2,3,4 & 5 voices, composed for the Royal Chapels by William Boyce", 1780. MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format.

General Information

Title: Teach me, O Lord, the way of thy statutes
Composer: William Boyce

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB with alto or tenor solo
Genre: SacredAnthemVerse anthem

Language: English
Instruments: Organ, basso continuo

Published: 1749 or earlier

Description: A solo anthem for counter tenor or high tenor with concluding choral section. The intention seems to have been that at least one instrument in addition to the organ would realise the basso continuo where it appears. In the first section, where there are distinct organ and continuo parts, the organist should realise the continuo with his left hand. In the second and fourth sections the organ and any other instruments realise the continuo. In the third section there is no distinct basso continuo, so presumably the organ was there intended to be the only accompaniment.

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Original text and translations

Original text and translations may be found at Psalm 119. verses 33-35, 37-38, 40