Instrumental Duet Folk Harp,Instrumental Duet - Level 3 - Digital Download
Composed by Anonymous, or perhaps John Wyeth. Arranged by Serena O'Meara. Folk,Praise & Worship,Sacred,Traditional,Wedding. Score and parts. 3 pages. O'Meara Music #4717915. Published by O'Meara Music (A0.803788).
The words of this hymn that we know today first appeared in 1758 in a collection of poetry used in a church meeting in Cambridge, UK. The folk melody, named Hallelujah or Good Shepherd, appeared in 1813 in A Repository of Sacred Music, Part Second published by John Wyeth in Pennsylvania. Wyeth was a compiler of music for the purpose of publishing, not a musician.
The tune of the hymn is called Nettleton. Asahel Nettleton was an evangelist from Connecticut who worked in New England. There is no indication that he wrote any music. The first appearance of this melody with the Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing lyrics was published by Darius Jones in 1852. Charles Ives used this folk melody in two of his compositions: First String Quartet and the song The Innate.
This duet is in the key of D. The melody is divided evenly between parts. Dynamics are clearly marked.
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