Hymn tune in Whitsun Wakes

Discussion in 'The Rehearsal Room' started by ted, Jan 19, 2004.

  1. ted

    ted Member

    Does anyone know the name of the hymn tune in Michael Ball's Whitsun Wakes?

    Everyone in the band can recognise it but can't remember what it's called.
  2. strongbow

    strongbow Member

    I think it is no 32 in the red hymn book called Gerontius.
  3. Daniel Sheard

    Daniel Sheard Member

    "Praise to the holiest in the heights"

    Gerontius sounds familiar for the tune name.

    Daniel Sheard
  4. GJG

    GJG Well-Known Member

    Aren't there two? I think "Gerontius" is right for the slow-ish one in 3/4, but there's another one in a brisk 4/4 (or even 2/2) which, I think, is called "Alford"; can't recall the words......


  5. NAS

    NAS Member

    Its definately in the red book...
  6. GJG

    GJG Well-Known Member

    Yep, just checked:

    "Ten thousand times ten thousand in sparling raiment bright."
    Words are by Henry Alford, the hymn tune was written by John Bacchus Dykes (great name!), and is called, confusingly, "Alford"

    [Anorak mode off]


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