When Jesus Wept
“When Jesus Wept” Barry Phillips
Esther Landau: flute
William Billings (1746-1800) was trained as a tanner, a trade he gave up to devote his life to music. He became a very respected singer, teacher, composer and conductor who in concert was often heard to exclaim, "Great art thou, O music...and with thee there is no competitor..." Billings was a true musical innovator of his day, glorying in his musical independence and lack of formal training. He attributed the inspiration for his compositions to nature, and he was prolific, publishing half a dozen collections of psalm tunes, anthems and canons. When Jesus Wept is a lovely round for four voices from his first book, The New England Psalm Singer (1770), which was engraved by his fellow Bostonian, Paul Revere.
“When Jesus Wept”
When Jesus wept, the falling tear
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