Rejoice in the Lord always
Date: November 12, 2015
One of the joys of the digital age is that facsimiles of ancient musical manuscripts are made available online. The British Library has now digitized the Mulliner Book, a major source of Tudor music that once belonged to John Stafford Smith, composer of the tune to the Star-Spangled Banner. It is the only contemporaneous source for the anonymous 'Rejoice in the Lord' that sits alongside Purcell's setting as a favourite anthem in Advent.
I have long been intrigued by the major differences between published editions of 'Rejoice in the Lord'. Having the facsimile available, I have had a look at some of the questions. I have put a longer discussion, together with a transcription of the notes and my own reconstruction of the textual underlay, on my own website here:
Some questions remain puzzling:
Without the digitized manuscript, none of this discusssion would be possible. I would love to hear your suggestions.
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