The historians (John Wall Callcott)

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Editor: Christopher Shaw (submitted 2007-08-24).   Score information: A4, 2 pages   Copyright: Personal
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General Information

Title: The Historians
Composer: John Wall Callcott

Number of voices: 3vv   Voicing: TTB
Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella


Description: A catch commemorating the rivalry between the first two English musical historians. This is the same work (in a version reproducing the traditional "catch" notation) as "Sir John Hawkins' History of Music". The latter edition reproduces the music in modern score format as it is intended to be sung.

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Original text and translations

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Have you Sir John Hawkins’ hist’ry?
Some folks think it quite a myst’ry,
Sir John Hawkins,
Some folks think it quite a myst’ry.

Music filled his wond’rous brain;
how d’ye like him, is it plain?

Both I’ve read and must agree
that Burney’s hist’ry pleases me,
Burney’s hist’ry pleases me.