Best LM hymn tunes
  • PLTT
    Posts: 95
    My congregation doesn't know many LM tunes (only about 5) and I'm trying to widen the repertoire. What are some good tunes that they should know?

    ETA: the ones known are:

    1. Old 100th
    2. Winchester New
    3. Jesu dulcis memoria (chant)
    4. Puer Nobis Nascitur
    5. A unknown, very wail-y melody that I've not disocvered anywhere so far.....




  • smvanroodesmvanroode
    Posts: 761
    I don't know the current repertoire of your choir of course, but I think the next long metre tunes may be beautiful new additions to your repertoire:

    ROGERS PARK by Kevin Allen (video)
    Now Christ, Thou Sun of Righteousness by Richard J. Clark (video)
    RYEBURY HILL by Thurlow Weed (pdf)
    The God Whom Earth and Sea and Sky by James Chepponis (video)
    Het hoogste woord daalt uit het licht by Floris van der Putt (mp3)
    BESSEMER by Kevin Allen (video)
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  • Kathy
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    DUKE STREET
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  • Richard MixRichard Mix
    Posts: 2,058
    Our standbys include
    DUGUET
    WINCHESTER NEW
    and of course
    CONDITOR ALME SIDERUM
    VENI CREATOR

    A few I miss from the Lutheran Book of Worship are
    ERHALT UNS HERR
    HERR JESU CHRIST DICH ZU UNS WEND
    O HEILAND REISS
    VEXILLA REGIS
    SCHMÜCKE DICH (LMD)
    LBW even had a LM GROSSER GOTT!
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  • Liam
    Posts: 3,989
    Scroll down to 88.88 for a long list:

    http://www.drshirley.org/churches/hymns-metric01.html

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    TALLIS CANON (EIGHTH TUNE):

    https://hymnary.org/tune/tallis_canon

    And Gibbons' SONG 34 aka ANGELS' SONG is lovely:

    https://hymnary.org/hymn/CPAM2000/page/917
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  • MarkS
    Posts: 245
    Probably not what you were looking for, but my vote for the loveliest LM hymn tune: Calvin Hampton's da Tar. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ut1Qi-Jz2YM
    (Many consider it to be not congregational-friendly, but just try telling that to my (Episcopal) choir and congregation!) It is also used with
    'O love of God, how strong, how true' in H82, which it also suits perfectly.
  • M. Jackson Osborn
    Posts: 7,166
    One of my favourite tunes is WAREHAM.
    It has melodic interest, rhythmic interest, a processional air, and an incomparable graciousness.

    And, I second Mark's suggestion of Hampton's DE TAR - a very 'unorthodox' but fine tune which people love to sing when they've got it under their belts. It is a special favourite of school children - who also love to sing the descant which Hampton supplied. A deliriously joyful air!

    And, I'm surprised that ROCKINGHAM hasn't been named.
    It's in a class with WAREHAM.

    TRURO is also a fine tune, joyful, with a confident air, which isn't (yet!) worn out with over use.

    PUER NOBIS NASCITUR, which you list, is one of the finest tunes in any hymnal.


    As with all really good tunes, one should beware of ruining them with too many contrafacta.
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  • Gonfalon Royal
    St. Clement
  • M. Jackson Osborn
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    Bravo for Gonfalon Royal!
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  • CHGiffenCHGiffen
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    Surprised no one has mentioned EISENACH
  • Doesn't anyone like Bourbon?
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  • Liam
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    That's one the the presider might cut short.
  • M. Jackson Osborn
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    TALLIS' CANON.
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  • ScottKChicago
    Posts: 315
    I like Gonfalon Royal for Whose woods these are I think I know. :)

    And for O saving Victim, opening wide.
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  • ViolaViola
    Posts: 350
    HEREFORD, by the great Samuel Sebastian Wesley, has a nice lilt.
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