Favourite Hymn Tune?

Discussion in 'The Rehearsal Room' started by johnflugel, Feb 18, 2004.

  1. johnflugel

    johnflugel Active Member

    Following the recent thread on which hymn tunes you use to warm through with, what is your favourite hymn tune and why? Words association, links with a piece, does it remind you of a particular event?

    Personally, I love lots of tunes but to narrow some down:

    Laudes Domini - Words associated are 'May Jesus Christ be Praised' - first really began to like this after playing 'Renaissance' where it is given a really majestic airing. Love it.

    Blaenwern - Words often associated are 'Love Divine'. As a christian, the words are great. There are so many arrangements around but I think the best is Bill Himes 'To know thee' where he seems to explore so many moods and colours that derive from the basic hymn book arrangement.

    St Magnus - This is the theme for the Euro Test piece this year by Ken Downie but is featured to great effect in the first movement of Ray Steadman Allens 'At the Edge of Time'...wow....great bass part in this presentation of the tune. I always get a tingle when playing or listening to that. The same composer (RSA) also produced a straight forward 5 verse (it's a short tune!) arrangement for the SA which is a fine arrangement in it's own right.

    What do you think?

    John 'Aren't hymns brilliant' Ward
  2. Rootus Maximus

    Rootus Maximus New Member

    Hi John,

    I too love the tune St. Magnus. I played RSA's 5 verse arrangement recently and it was super. Also heard At the Edge of Time and enjoyed the opening movement but was a bit dissappointed with the rest of it.

    My favourite tune has to be "Was Lebet" - "O Worship the Lord in the beauty of Holiness". Great tune and I'd love somebody to use it for the theme of a bigger work.

    Rootus Maximus
  3. Dave Payn

    Dave Payn Active Member

    John, good topic!

    Purely from a musical standpoint, my favourite isn't in the standard brass band hymn book (maybe due to copyright clearance?) but John Ireland's 'Love Unknown' ('My song is Love Unknown') is my top choice. Does anyone know if this hymn is in any brass band hymn book?

    As a brass band arrangement, I still get a tingle when I hear William Himes' version of Amazing Grace. Beautifully crafted; likewise with Wilfred Heaton's version of Just As I am.
  4. Maestro

    Maestro Active Member

    It depends what mood I'm in really to lsiten to hymn tunes, but some of the ones I like, for varying reasons, are:

    Consecration Hymn
    The Old Rugged Cross
    Abide With Me
    Rock Of Ages
    Cwm Rhondda
    Miles Lane
  5. johnflugel

    johnflugel Active Member

    Disappointed that you don't like the rest of the work. I think the 2nd movement is a stunning piece of writing - the 3rd is aggressive but I guess it is describing the end of the world :? I find it an uplifting piece to listen to. The 1st movement is in a completely different style to the other movements so I can see why people don't get what they expect from movements 2&3.

  6. GJG

    GJG Well-Known Member

    Personal favourites include

    "Sine Nomine" (Vaughan-Williams)

    "Ein Feste Burg" (as used by R.S-A. in "The Holy War")

    "Langollen" (as used by R.S-A. in "The Lord is King")

    In fact you could probably extend my list by saying "Any Hymn Tune used as the basis of a major work by R.S-A." :)

  7. andyp

    andyp Active Member

    My favourite is a close run thing between "St Clement" (The day thou gavest us Lord has ended), especially the Philip Wilby arrangement, and "Calon Lân" (which is Welsh for "a pure heart" if I remember it right), though that only sounds right sung in Welsh, but I also like;
    Cwm Rhondda
    Just As I Am
    Light Of the World (a combination of "Aurelia" and the SA hymn "Behold Him knocking at the door")
    The Old Rugged Cross

    and for a lively one, Will Your Anchor Hold in the Storms of Life!"
  8. PeterBale

    PeterBale Moderator Staff Member

    It's not in the current SA tune book, but it was in the yellow "Keep Singing" one of a few years ago.

    Favourite tunes for me include:
    Alford (memories of processing into the church when in the choir) - also comes at the end of one of the Festival Series pieces, but can't think which one at the moment, as well as being featured in "Whitsun Wakes"
    Penlan (In heavenly love abiding)
    Deep harmony (to the words 'When I survey the wondrous cross')
    Showers of Blessing (one of our BM's favourites for after the meeting)
    Stainer (Love divine, all loves excelling) - esp in Brian Bowen's setting
  9. Gorgie boy

    Gorgie boy Member

    Iain Rayner used this hymn tune as the basis for his excellent prelude 'His Glory Proclaim'. It's published by SP&S in the Festival Series and is worth a look as it's a good number if not the 'bigger number' you might be looking for!

    Paul Drury
    Edinburgh Gorgie SA Band
  10. lynchie

    lynchie Active Member

    I always liked 1 and 43...
  11. Gorgie boy

    Gorgie boy Member

    It's 'Portraits from St Paul's Epistles' (Movt 4) I think Peter

    Paul Drury
    Edinburgh Gorgie Band
  12. Gorgie boy

    Gorgie boy Member

    Favourites for me are:

    Grimsby - for purely reasons of matching great tune with great words such as "His blood can make the foulest clean, His blood avails for me". It's great on the march too.
    Lydia - can be used to the above words too and it's a great tune.
    St. Clements
    My Shepherd
    Miles Lane

    Paul Drury
    Edinburgh Gorgie Band
  13. geordiecolin

    geordiecolin Active Member

    My faves;

    Aberystwyth (1)
    Hyfrydol (kills all known germs)
    St Clements
  14. bennem

    bennem Member

    Now that is the type of reply that I was expecting in this thread!

    I like No. 1 (Aberystwyth) and No. 82 (St. Clements)
  15. BoozyBTrom

    BoozyBTrom Member

    Read this topic and knew which hymn i wanted to pick but can i remember the name.

    No. I Can't.

    Sadly i do know the number in the little red book. 110.

    No doubt someone will be able to to tell me the name.
  16. bigcol

    bigcol Member

    5, 10, 106 (i think - vox dilecti) and 82
  17. PeterBale

    PeterBale Moderator Staff Member

    That's it - another under-used piece, maybe because the title is a bit off-putting? I'd also endorse your recommendation of "His Glory Proclaim" - we've often used it to open our programme, and it is excellent (so long as you can get the cross rhythms right ) :!: :wink:
  18. bertramtrumpet

    bertramtrumpet New Member

    I love Lord and Father. Cant remember who arranged it!
  19. Rootus Maximus

    Rootus Maximus New Member

    Cheers Paul,

    I must see if "His Glory Proclaim" is on a CD somewhere.

    Rootus Maximus

    p.s. I'll see you on friday
  20. shedophone

    shedophone Member

    The day thou gavest (Arr. Wilby) is good, but my favourite hymn is be thou my vision. beautiful irish melody.

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