Hebrew Melodies (Nathan, Isaac)

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Olmsted (2012/5/19)

Publisher. Info. London: J. Fentum for the Proprietor, n.d.[1827-29]. Plates 102-105.
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Misc. Notes A noisy black-and-white conversion of the Australian Library's low-resolution color scan, up-sampled and de-skewed, with smaller margins. Most of the music will print clearly on a laser printer.
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General Information

Work Title Hebrew Melodies
Alternative. Title A Selection of Hebrew Melodies : Ancient and Modern / Newly arranged, Harmonized, corrected and Revised with appropriate Symphonies & accompaniments by I. Nathan ; the Poetry written expressly for the work by Lord Byron.
Composer Nathan, Isaac
First Publication. 1815-23 in separate parts.
Librettist "Lord Byron" (George Gordon Byron (1788-1824) )
Language English
Composer Time PeriodComp. Period Romantic
Piece Style Romantic
Instrumentation 1-4 voices with piano


Misc. Comments

"She walks in beauty, like the night
Of cloudless climes and starry skies;...."

Some of Byron's best-known poetry was originally published as
song lyrics in the Hebrew Melodies. Isaac Nathan remains an
interesting historical figure, but most of his work has been
forgotten, and the significance of the Hebrew Melodies today
is literary, not musical.

Contents (1827-29 edition)

First Number

  • She walks in beauty . . . 1
  • The same, harmonized . . . 6
  • If that high world . . . 15
  • The same, harmonized . . . 19
  • Jephtha's Daughter . . . 25
  • The Wild Gazelle . . . 33
  • The same, harmonized . . .41
  • It is the Hour . . . 52
  • Oh! weep for those . . . 57
  • The same, harmonized . . . 61

Second Number

  • On Jordan's banks . . . 67
  • The same, harmonized . . . 71
  • Oh! Snatch'd away in beauty's bloom . . . 79
  • The harp the monach minstrel swept . . . 85
  • The same, harmonized . . . 91
  • I saw thee weep . . . 99
  • My soul is dark . . .105
  • Thy days are done . . . 111
  • The same, harmonized . . . 117

Third Number

  • Warriors and chiefs . . . 125
  • We sate down and wept (Duet) . . . 133
  • Herod's Lament . . . 140
  • The Vision of Belshazzar . . . 147
  • Francisca . . . 154
  • The same arranged as a Duet . . . 158
  • From the last hill that looks on thy once holy dome . . . 165
  • Fame, wisdom, love, and power . . . 172
  • The destruction of Semnacherib . . . 179

Fourth Number

  • Saul . . . 187
  • I speak not - I trace not - I breathe not thy name . . . 201
  • In the Valley of Waters . . . 207
  • Sun of the Sleepless . . . 217
  • When coldness wraps this suffering clay . . . 222
  • A spirit pass'd before me . . . 231
  • Were my bosom as false as thou deem'st it to be . . . 237
  • They say that hope is happiness . . . 243