By Karl Kroeger
William Billings (1746-1800) was once an important native-born composer of the yank colonial and Federal eras. He wrote hundreds and hundreds of choral compositions, which have been set to sacred or devotional texts to be used by means of church choirs, making a song colleges, and musical societies. very popular in his personal time, Billings's tune was once denigrated in the course of the 19th century while eu types ruled American musical tastes. within the 20th century his genius used to be famous, and his track is broadly sung and studied. initially released in six tunebooks, the 338 extant items have been issued in a scholarly variation by way of the yank Musicological Society and The Colonial Society of Massachusetts as The entire Works of William Billings (4 vols., 1977-1990). the current catalog enhances the Complete Works by means of serving as a consultant to its contents and supplying a wealth of extra data.
Included for every composition are certain name; textual content resource; first line; technical info on size, meter, key, and melody; manuscript resources and contemporaneous reprints; bibliography and smooth recordings. an intensive record of works brought up is by means of 5 indexes supplying entry to the cloth within the catalog through first line of textual content, Billings's anthem titles, textual content resources, musical shape (tune types), and musical incipits. The catalog presents for Billings's song details just like that present in Schmeider's listings for Bach and Koechel's listings for Mozart.
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Catalog of the Musical Works of William Billings (Music Reference Collection) by Karl Kroeger