Invitation (Walker, William)




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Joseph Knapicius (2021/4/13)

Publisher Info. Joseph Knapicius
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Sheet Music


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Publisher. Info. The Southern Harmony
Philadelphia: Thomas Cowperthwait & Co., 1845.
Spartanburg: William Walker, 1845.
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Editor William Walker (1809-1875), added alto part
Publisher. Info. The Christian Harmony
Philadelphia: E. W. Miller and William Walker, 1867.
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Arrangements and Transcriptions

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Joseph Knapicius (2021/4/13)

Arranger Joseph Knapicius (b. 1957)
Publisher. Info. Joseph Knapicius
Misc. Notes Version in D minor
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General Information

Work Title Come, Ye Sinners, Poor And Wretched
Alternative. Title Invitation (Come, Ye Sinners, Poor And Wretched)
Composer Walker, William
I-Catalogue NumberI-Cat. No. IWW 1
Key B-flat major
Movements/SectionsMov'ts/Sec's 7 verses
Text Incipit Come, ye sinners, poor and wretched
First Publication. 1835 in Southern Harmony, page 2
Librettist Joseph Hart I (1712-1768)
Language English
Average DurationAvg. Duration 4 minutes
Composer Time PeriodComp. Period Romantic
Piece Style Modern
Instrumentation 3 voice chorus

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As printed in either Southern Harmony (1835 through 1854) and Christian Harmony (1867) the structure of this tune and its text fit is ambiguous. Evidently the tune ought to have the traditional Da Capo structure AABA, which thus requires some repetition of text (there being only 6 lines). In Southern Harmony the initial A part has no extra text other than the first two lines, so it could be presumed that those lines are intended (unusually) to be sung twice (or, also unusually, the initial repeat mark is to be ignored, and the tune sung as ABA). However, in Christian Harmony, the tune is printed in two halves (as a da capo tune, although curiously it is missing the crucial indication D.C.) with the first four lines of text set below the first half (A), it then being unclear which words to use on the implied D.C. repeat. The arrangement currently on this page solves this by using the word Hallelujah for the final A part.

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