When Jesus Wept (Based upon an 18th century American canon). Composed by William Billings (1746-1800). Arranged by Philip Kern. Choir Sacred. 3-Part Mixed Choir (SAB). Choral (Sacred); Choral Octavo; Worship Resources. Classical; Holy Week; Lent; Sacred; Spring. Grade 2. Choral Octavo. 8 pages. Published by Alfred Music (AP.20925).
One of the most well-known of the early American canons, originally appeared in the New England Psalm Singer. It was written in 1770 by William Billings, a self-taught singing-school teacher and composer who served as choir leader at Old South Church in Boston. In this edition by Philip Kern, the vocal setting retains the simple drama of the original, compellingly underscored by the newly-composed keyboard accompaniment. This outstanding arrangement is appropriate for both school and church choirs and may be performed by mixed or treble voices.