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Editor: Christopher Shaw (submitted 2019-11-10).   Score information: A4, 19 pages, 248 kB   Copyright: Personal
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General Information

Title: O be joyful
Composer: Samuel Arnold
Lyricist: Medley of psalmic phrasescreate page

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SacredAnthem

Language: Unknown
Instruments: Organ

First published: 1785

Description: "Anthem . . . for the use of cathedrals and country choirs, with a part for the Organ, Piano-Forte, &c. adapted to the celebrated Overture of Artaxerxes, by Dr Arnold, organist and composer to His Majesty, &c." Artaxerxes was Thomas Arne's opera seria which achieved great popularity, and stayed in the repertoire until the mid-nineteenth century. This arrangement is as much a testament to the ubiquitous affection for Arne's piece as to Arnold's ingenuity. The phrase "country choirs" may be a generalised advertising puff, but it may equally well indicate that the anthem could be performed without organ accompaniment.


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