Samuel Arnold: My Song Shall Be Of Mercy (Voice, SATB & Chamber Ensemble)
Treble, SATB and Instrumental Accompaniment
This work is published as a saddle-stitch score book for reference and study.
About the work:
This hitherto unpublished anthem was composed for the Chapel Royal sometime after Arnold’s appointment as organist there in 1782. Using verses selected from Psalms 10, 57 and 92, the work is cast in four short movements - three treble solos with a short chorus to close. Arnold’s word painting delightfully colours the joyful images of the text and parts for solo flute or violin add sparkle. The source manuscript is in the Bodleian Library, Oxford. The edition, for treble, SATB, violin (or flute), cello (optional), and organ, is introduced by Robert Hoskins.
Samuel Arnold (1740-1802) was a popular theatre composer in London during the latter half of the eighteenth century, his output including The Maid of the Mill (1765), the first modern English opera with action finales, Polly (1777), a modernized version of the sequel to The Beggar’s Opera, and Inkle and Yarico (1787), the first anti-slavery opera. Along with his theatre activities, Arnold was organist and composer to the Chapel Royal, organist to Westminster Abbey, conductor of the Academy of Ancient Music, and the first editor of Handel’s works. His oratorio The Hymn of Adam and Eve (1802) is a major post-Handelian achievement.