Separation (Alexander Johnson)

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  • (Posted 2017-03-24)   CPDL #43729:       
Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2017-03-24).   Score information: Letter, 1 page, 60 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Four-part version; Counter part written by B. C. Johnston, 2017. Note heads converted to oval shapes. Two more pairs of stanzas included, from Watts' hymn. MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format.
  • (Posted 2017-03-24)   CPDL #43728:   
Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2017-03-24).   Score information: 7 x 10 inches (landscape), 1 page, 69 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Four-part version; Counter part written by B. C. Johnston, 2017. Note heads in four-shape format, as originally published. Two more pairs of stanzas included, from Watts' hymn.
  • (Posted 2017-03-24)   CPDL #43727:       
Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2017-03-24).   Score information: Letter, 1 page, 54 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Three-part version. Note heads converted to oval shapes. Two more pairs of stanzas included, from Watts' hymn. MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format.
  • (Posted 2017-03-24)   CPDL #43726:   
Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2017-03-24).   Score information: 7 x 10 inches (landscape), 1 page, 63 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Three-part version. Note heads in four-shape format, as originally published. Two more pairs of stanzas included, from Watts' hymn.

General Information

Title: Separation
First Line: Why do we mourn departing friends
Composer: Alexander Johnson
Lyricist: Isaac Watts

Number of voices: 3vv   Voicing: STB
Genre: Sacred   Meter: 86. 86 (C.M.)

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1818 in Johnson's Tennessee Harmony, for three voices: Treble-Tenor-Bass

Description: This tune is a folk hymn, listed as no, 54 in George Pullen Jackson, Spiritual Folk-Songs of Early America, Second Edition, 1953. Words by Isaac Watts, 1709, Hymn 3 of Book 2, with six stanzas. Johnson used the first two stanzas of Watts' hymn in his composition.

Reference:

  • Jackson, George Pullen. 1953. Spiritual Folk-Songs of Early America, Second Edition. Locust Valley, New York: J. J. Augustin. 254 pp. Separation, No. 54 on p. 88.

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Original text and translations

Original text and translations may be found at Why do we mourn departing friends.