Sing to the Heavens with "Begin, my Tongue, some Heavenly Theme"
"Begin, my tongue, some heavenly theme" is another of Issac Watts' masterpieces. He created this hymn in 1707 and joined his many hymns of praise to the Lord. The hymn enjoys a moderate audience since it was published in 276 hymnals across churches and communities. Along with other watts' hymns, this hymn was published in the Book 2 of Hymns and Sacred Songs, published in 1707–09.
The hymn is without its tune. In this hymn, the most popular tune is "Manoah" by Giaochino A. Rossini, an Italian composer who made the tune in 1851. This tune was published in Collection of Church Music (1851) by Henry W. Greatorex. Greatorex's Collection of Church Music compiled the best of Christian music in its day. To be included like "Manoah" cements its position as one of the best and most used tunes in the Christian world. The tune is also used in 258 hymnals.
Another tune was also made for this hymn. The other tune's name is "St. Magnus". "St. Magnus" was written by Jeremiah Clarke (1670 - 1707). The meter for this tune is 18.104.22.168 with the key in F Major. This tune first appeared in Henry Playford's Divine Companion (1707 edition) as an anonymous tune and later credited to Clarke.
Rossini was popular due to his operas, and he made 39 operas in his lifetime. Apart from opera, she also made songs, chamber music, sacred music, and piano pieces. Rossini was born to a musician's family, and he was raised as such. His father played the trumpeter while his mother was a singer. At the age of 12, Rossini began composing but didn't abandon his formal study of Music. He attended a school in Bologna. At 18 years old, he performed his first opera in 1810. Five years later, he was writing more operas and manage theaters in Naples. Between 1810 to 1823, he wrote the bulk of his operas and most of them were performed in Ferrara, Naples, Milan and Venice. Aside from "Manoah," Rossini three other tunes for sacred music. They are "Faith," "Linwood," and "Warner."