Fluvanna (Abraham Maxim)

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  • (Posted 2017-01-21)   CPDL #42734:       
Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2017-01-21).   Score information: 7 x 10 inches (landscape), 1 page, 43 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Note shapes added (4-shape). Transcribed from The Delaware Harmony, 1814. Three more pairs of stanzas included from Watts' paraphrase. MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format.
  • CPDL #22616:     
Editor: Tim Henderson (submitted 2010-11-13).   Score information: A4, 2 pages, 385 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Transcribed from "The American Vocalist"

General Information

Title: Fluvanna
First Line: Lord, in the morning thou shalt hear
Composer: Abraham Maxim
Lyricist: Isaac Watts

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: Sacred   Meter: 86. 86 (C.M.)

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1805 in The Northern Harmony

Description: Words by Isaac Watts, 1717, paraphrase of Psalm 5, in eight stanzas. Maxim used the first two stanzas of Watts' paraphrase in his composition. From the preface to the American Vocalist (D. H. Mansfield, Boston 1849): The fact is, the old composers were probably better acquainted both with God and man. They had studied human nature as well as scientific theories. Many of them were holy men, and their music, composed among the hills and forests of Puritanic New England, is but an embodiment of pious devotion. This will explain the reason why old Majesty, and Fluvanna, will make the eyes of a congregation sparkle,……..

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Original text and translations

Original text and translations may be found at Psalm 5.