Tye : I will exalt thee : Printable cover page
Composer: Christopher Tye (c.1505 - 1573)
Forces: A.T.B.B. (or S.A.T.B.) + reduction
Lyrics: Psalm 30, v.1-4, 11-13
This edition is offered in the earliest recorded key, for A.T.B.B. It is also available transposed up a fourth for S.A.T.B. for them that will not descend into the pit with Doctor Tye.
This edition has been prepared comparing two printed sources: Barnard (1641) and Boyce (1768). Both (Boyce probably consulted Barnard) split the anthem into two parts: it is offered here in undismembered completeness. It is unascertainable how much of an independent existence the two parts followed. Boyce transposed the piece up a minor third but in applying the C minor key signature created various (inadvertent) accidental changes. These have been corrected where noticed.
The present translator of Psalm 30 remains unidentified, being none of the obvious candidates. It is most likely to be one who held favour with the Edwardian settlement and the Book of Common Prayer of 1549.
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