Knapp : If the Lord himself had not been on our side : Full score
Composer: William Knapp (1698 - 1768)
Forces: S.A.T.B. + reduction
Lyrics: Psalm 124
Knapp was a glover and tutor of psalmody in Poole. His "Set of new Psalm Tunes and Anthems" was popular, achieving 8 editions between 1738 and 1770. Knapp's constituency was country (predominantly organless) parishes. The reduction provided with the current edition is best reserved for rehearsal use only.
Psalm 124 was specified in the Book of Common Prayer as a part of the liturgy for 5th November, the anniversary of the frustration of the Gunpowder Plot. Introduced in 1662 as part of the post-restauration settlement, the liturgies for 30th January (Charles, King and Martyr's Day), 29th May (Restauration Day) and 5th November were included in the BCP until 1859.
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