Best LM hymn tunes
  • PLTT
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    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
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    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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  • Richard MixRichard Mix
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    Our standbys include
    and of course

    A few I miss from the Lutheran Book of Worship are
    LBW even had a LM GROSSER GOTT!
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  • Liam
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    Scroll down to 88.88 for a long list:



    And Gibbons' SONG 34 aka ANGELS' SONG is lovely:
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  • MarkS
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    Probably not what you were looking for, but my vote for the loveliest LM hymn tune: Calvin Hampton's da Tar.
    (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.
  • 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
  • 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.
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  • 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
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    HEREFORD, by the great Samuel Sebastian Wesley, has a nice lilt.
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  • 1. AGINCOURT (DEO GRACIAS) - based on the Agincourt Carol, the song sung in England to commemorate the victory over the French at the Battle of Agincourt. Very medieval.
    2. JESU DULCIS MEMORIA (chant)
    3. AUCTORITATE SAECULI - from the Poitiers Antiphoner, an excellent dark and brooding French tune.
    4. TALLIS CANON (sung in harmony)
    5. ERHALT UNS, HERR (Spires) - the version with more flourishes.
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  • Chrism
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    Hymnus Eucharisticus
    Third Mode Melody (Tallis)
  • ViolaViola
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    Hyfrydol is a great tune but surely it isn't LM
  • What’s LM? I thought it meant “Latin Mass”.
  • CHGiffenCHGiffen
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    "LM" = L.M. = Long Metre = 88. 88 (iambic) = four lines in iambic tetrameter.
    Not to be confused with 88. 88. (trochaic) ...
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  • CHGiffenCHGiffen
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    HYFRYDOL is tune with metre 87. 87. D ("Alleluia! Sing to Jesus").
  • lmassery
    Posts: 364
    LASST UNS ERRFREUN!!!! Its LM w alleluias. Everyone knows that one and it’s my favorite of all tunes to play on the organ
  • lmassery
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    O and O WALY WALY!
  • WGS
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    My two favorite hymn tunes are St. Clement (which has been mentioned - although I see it listed as 98. 98) and also Dunedin. I've often wondered what sets these two as special in my mind. It must be the graceful flow of the text so well matched with the tune. - "The day thou gavest, Lord is ended," - and "O love of God, how strong and true,".