Darwall's 148th

Descant to the hymn tune DARWALL's 148th. Free score with: prologue | bridge | harmonized descant. Free score. 

The author of "Ye holy angels bright", Richard Baxter (1615-1692), was a poet and cleric - serving at one point, Oliver Cromwell as a regimental chaplain, and then upon the Restoration, was chaplain to the throne; he was subsequently offered the bishopric of Hereford, which he declined. He finished his career as a "nonconformist minister," a kind of freelance lecturer or speaker, not in holy orders and without a parish. The text appeared in his work, Poetical Fragments, which was expanded three times, then followed by a supplement.

John Darwall (1731–1789) was an English clergyman and hymnodist best known for his setting of Psalm 148, known as Darwall's 148th, which was sung at the inauguration of a new organ at his church in Walsall, England, UK. The first publication was in the New Universal Psalmodist (1770) with only soprano and bass parts - which is not as unusual as it might appear. At that time, many organists were able to read a figured bass, filling in the tenor and alto on sight. A written-out harmonization would have to wait until after the turn of the century.

For James Higbe, 2005.

 

Updated: Aug 26 2014

DARWALL'S 148TH
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Ye holy angels bright

Wesley text - Rejoice, the Lord is King.

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