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William Knapp's works

This page describes a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet listing and detailing the works found in Knapp's three published collections:

PDF files are available; click on the three titles above; but the Excel spreadsheet is preferable, because much of the information is given in cell comments, which do not appear on the pdf files. Cell comments are indicated by a small red triangle in the upper right corner of each cell, and appear when the mouse pointer is positioned over the cell.

There is a sheet for each of the three publications. These may be selected from tabs in the lower right. Each sheet has the following columns:

  • Name: This gives descriptions of prefatory matter, names of tunes and text incipits of anthems.
  • Text: This gives the source of the (usually scriptural) text of each setting. Numbers in brackets show alternative psalm numbers suggested by Knapp.
  • Verses: This gives verse numbers suggested for psalm and hymn tunes, and set by each anthem.
  • Type/Season: Type shows the style (plain, fuguing, repeating, etc.) of each tune, as further detailed below. Season shows the church season or service for which an anthem may be suitable.
  • Remarks/notes: Remarks are matter added by Knapp; notes are those of the editor. They appear as cell comments, by positioning the mouse pointer over the cell.
  • Ed.#: Edition number head columns in which the page number of each item appears.

Tune types are as follows:

  • P = plain tune: A tune in which all four parts sing throughout with no repetition or counterpoint.
  • r = repeating tune: A tune which otherwise would be described as plain, but with some text repetition.
  • T = thinning tune: A tune which would otherwise be described as plain or repeating in which there is some reduction of the vocal texture.
  • R = relay tune: A tune in which the voices initially singly sing a line of text in turn, followed by a chorus section for all voices.
  • DR = duet relay tune: A relay tune in which the voices sing in pairs rather than singly.
  • F = fuguing tune: A tune in which there is at least one section where the voices enter in imitation.
  • Numbers: These show numbers of parts other than four.

Much further information is contained in the cell comments. This list is the product of continuing research, and any comments will be welcome.