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WHEN JESUS WEPT

Composer: William Billings

William Billings (b. 1746; d. 1800) was an American choral composer, thought by some to be the father of American choral music. His father died when William was 14, and he was forced to drop all formal education and take up tanning to get by. With no formal musical training he began to compose, and his songs were well-loved and traveled quickly. However, due to unsubstantial copyright laws, Billings received hardly a penny from the publication of his music. After a period of fame and prosperity, his music was forgotten, and his last decade was one of decline. Married with six children, he died in poverty, though his music would be resurrected after his death and sung to this day. Laura de Jong Go to person page >

Tune Information

Title: WHEN JESUS WEPT
Composer: William Billings (1770)
Meter: 8.8.8.8
Incipit: 15456 73543 21117
Key: e minor

Arrangements

Harmonizations, Introductions, Descants, Intonations

  • All Praise to You, Eternal God: Organ Accompaniments for Thirty Hymn Tune Canons
    Composer/Editor Donald Busarow
    Published By: Augsburg Publishing House (1980) pp. 42

Organ Solo

  • Lenten Postludes: For Organ
    Composer/Editor David Schelat
    Published By: MorningStar Music Publishers, Inc. (2016) pp. 8
  • The Sacred Organ Journal Volume 48 Number 4 March April 2014: The Organist's Companion for the Church Year
    Composer/Editors Douglas E. Wagner; Gilbert M. Martin
    Published By: Lorenz Publishing Company (2014) pp. 7
  • With Love that Has No Ending: Organ Music for Lent, Palm Sunday, Holy Week, and Easter
    Composer/Editors Douglas E. Wagner; William Billings; Gilbert M. Martin
    Published By: Lorenz Publishing Company (2014) pp. 21
  • The Passion, Death & Resurrection of Our Lord, Jesus Christ: Compiled by Organ by Gilbert M. Martin
    Composer/Editors Gilbert M. Martin; Dennis Eliot
    Published By: Lorenz Publishing Company (2007) pp. 6
  • All Glory, Laud, and Honor: Easy Hymn Settings for Organ
    Composer/Editor David M. Lasky
    Published By: Augsburg Fortress (2006) pp. 50
  • Early American Hymn Tunes - William Billings
    Composer/Editors Robert J. Powell; William Billings
    Published By: MorningStar Music Publishers, Inc. (2001) pp. 3
  • Great American Hymns Music for Manuals
    Composer/Editor Charles Callahan
    Published By: MorningStar Music Publishers, Inc. (1993) pp. 14
  • 6 Meditations on American Folk Hymns
    Composer/Editor Charles Callahan
    Published By: Concordia Publishing House (1992) pp. 16
  • The Organist's Companion Volume 5 Number 2 February 1983 General, Lent, Holy Week, Funerals: A Bi-monthly Journal of Quality Organ Music for the Practical Church Musician
    Composer/Editors Wayne Leupold; Russell Schulz-Widmar
    Published By: McAfee Music Corporation (1983) pp. 18
  • The Hymnlet: A Choice Collection of Hymns and Hymntunes from 17th, 18th, & 19th Century American Hymnals, Songbooks and Psalters
    Composer/Editor Samuel Walter
    Published By: The Organ Historical Society, Inc. (1976) pp. 4
  • The Sacred Organ Folio No. 1
    Composer/Editor Dennis Eliot
    Published By: Lorenz Publishing Company (1970) pp. 10

Piano Solo

  • The Church Pianist Volume 30 Number 4 March April 2014: The Pianist's Companion for the Church Year
    Composer/Editors Larry F. Pugh; William Ringham
    Published By: Lorenz Publishing Company (2014) pp. 30
  • The Church Pianist Volume 18 Number 4 March April 2002: The Pianist's Companion for the Church Year
    Composer/Editor Franklin Ritter
    Published By: Lorenz Publishing Company (2002) pp. 29

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Chalice Hymnal #199

Discipleship Ministries Collection #61

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Glory to God #194

High Desert Harmony #11

Hymnal #234

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Hymns for a Pilgrim People #182

Hymns of the Saints #270

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Journeysongs (2nd ed.) #418

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Journeysongs (3rd ed.) #376

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Lift Up Your Hearts #384

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Moravian Book of Worship #335

Psalms for All Seasons #141A

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Sing the Faith #2106

The Covenant Hymnal #231

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The Faith We Sing #2106

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The Hymnal 1982 #715

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The New Century Hymnal #192

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The Presbyterian Hymnal #312

The Psalter for Christian Worship #3

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The Shenandoah Harmony #0

TTT-Himnaro Cigneta #248

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Voices United #146

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Worship in Song #103

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