Arnold (arr.) : O be joyful : Printable cover page
Composer: Samuel Arnold (arr.) (1740 - 1802)
Lyrics: Medley of psalmic phrases
"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." London, 1785.
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 the the anthem could be performed without organ accompaniment.
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