The historians (John Wall Callcott)
- Editor: Christopher Shaw (submitted 2007-08-24). Score information: A4, 2 pages Copyright: Personal
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Title: The Historians
Composer: John Wall Callcott
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.
Original text and translations
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.