Blessed city, heavenly Salem (Charles H. Giffen)

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  • CPDL #31621:     
Editor: Charles H. Giffen (submitted 2014-04-06).   Score information: Letter, 3 pages, 90 kB   Copyright: CC BY NC SA
Edition notes: Two scores, one without and one with the double descants.

General Information

Title: Blessed City, Heavenly Salem
Composer: Charles H. Giffen
Lyricist: John Mason Neale

Number of voices: 4 + 2vv   Voicing: SATB with SS Descant
Genre: SacredHymn   Meter: 87. 87. 87

Language: English
Instruments: Organ

First published: 2014

Description: The text comprises the first four stanzas plus the Doxology of J.M. Neale's translation of Urbs beata Jerusalem. The tune is St. Thomas (Wade), after John Francis Wade (1711-1786), as found in Hymns Ancient and Modern (1866), with harmonization attributed to Vincent Francis Novello. The two soprano descants are sung, separately, on stanzas 2 & 3, then together for the final stanza and Doxology.

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Original text and translations

Original text and translations may be found at Blessed city, heavenly Salem.