Why should the children of a king (John Fawcett)

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  • (Posted 2015-10-30)   CPDL #37353:        (Sibelius 7)
Editor: Edmund Gooch (submitted 2015-10-30).   Score information: A4, 2 pages, 54 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: The first verse only of the text is given in the source: subsequent verses have been added editorially. The keyboard accompaniment given on the voice staves in the source has been omitted from this edition, with the exception of some notes which are not sung. These are indicated in the voice parts with small notes, and should be played if instruments are used to accompany the voices.
MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format.
  • (Posted 2015-10-30)   CPDL #37352:        (Sibelius 7)
Editor: Edmund Gooch (submitted 2015-10-30).   Score information: A4, 2 pages, 58 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: The first verse only of the text is given in the source: subsequent verses have been added editorially. The keyboard accompaniment given on the voice staves in the source has been split out onto separate staves in this edition. MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format.

General Information

Title: Why should the children of a king
Composer: John Fawcett
Tune: Consolation
Lyricist: Isaac Watts

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

Language: English
Instruments: Keyboard

First published: 1813 in A Second Sett of Psalm and Hymn Tunes, p. 60

Description: In A Second Sett of Psalm and Hymn Tunes, this piece is printed with the staves in the order Tenor - Alto - Air - [Bass], with the vocal bass line figured, with additional notes on the Air [treble] and Bass staves to provide a keyboard accompaniment, and with the Alto part printed in the treble clef an octave above sounding pitch.

Hymn Tune Index tune number 18217.

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Original text and translations

Original text and translations may be found at Why should the children of a King.