By Julian Damashek
- A major
- Fuging tune
- Time signature
- unknown, 1802
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Recorded 2/12/10 in Mark Karlsberg’s studio in Newton. Aldo Ceresa, Lauren Bock, tenor; Julian Damashek, bass; Jesse Pearlman Karlsberg, treble; Kelsey Sunderland + Kendahl Goldwater-Feldman, alto.
An arrangement of a song originally written by Jacob French in 1802, and published in his book Harmony of Harmony: In Five Parts (Northampton, 1802). I found a copy of the sheet music for this song in Raven Used Books, and set it in shapes, then reworked it so it was more Sacred Harp-like. The tenor and treble parts are practically identical to those originally written by French, as are many of the strong chords, but I reworked large sections of the bass and especially the alto part.
Sleep, downy sleep, come close my eyes,
Tired with beholding vanity;
Sweet slumber, come and drive away
The toils and follies of the day.