S7 E06 Hymn Tunes with Guest Host James Moyar


March 25th, 2023

44 mins 26 secs

Season 7

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S7 E06 Hymn Tunes with Guest Host James Moyar

This episode I am grateful for James Moyar to take time out of his busy Droning On and Piping Dojo schedule to share some of his favorite hymn tunes on bagpipes.
Be sure to listen to James on my favorite Piping Podcast, Droning On:
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Many of the tunes he plays through on this episode are available on his excellent collection of Hymn tunes on smallpipes available on Bandcamp:
Sunday Smallpipes Vol I: https://heritagebagpipes.bandcamp.com/album/sunday-smallpipes-vol-i


-Track 1: Madrid (Trad, Spain)
By: Unknown, traditional Spanish Melody
Year: unknown

Other Examples:
—”Come, Christians, Join to Sing” arr. Sterling Procter, performed by The Chancel Choir + The Chapel Choir + Broadway Baptist Church +The Oratoriao Chorus + Southwestern Baptist Seminary + The Festival Brass + Albert Travis on Organ + Congregational singing under direction of David Keith. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OO9vTae4Rxs

-Track 2: Aus der Tiefe Rufe Ich (18th c, Germany)
By: Attributed to Martin Herbst in the 2nd half of the 17th century, possibly reworked by Bach in the early 18th century

Other examples:
Played on piano by Andrew Remillard under the title, “Forty Days and Forty Nights” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x66KEopPjEY

-Track 4: Breslau (15th c, Germany)
By: Joseph Clauder, though he may have simply arranged or harmonized an even older tune, his instances of it go back to at least 1450

Other examples:
Choir of Girton College singing it with organ under the lyric title, “Take Up Thy Cross, the Savior Said,” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T0frmiQHNOo
-Track 5: O Breath of God / St Columba
By: Unknown (Trad, Ireland)
Story of St. Columba: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zfhesEWpok8

Very old, traditional gaelic/Irish tune, very popular, has remained in-use in a lot of hymnals for a very long time

Other Examples:
Organ arrangement by Ste Duckett: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=31fo_aAAstU

Harp by Ray Pool: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ym6z4cPkHE8
-Track 6: Eventide / Abide with Me, Fast Falls the Even Tide
By: William H. Monk, https://hymnary.org/person/Monk_William , text by Henry Francis Lyte
Year: (19th c, England)

According to some sources, William H. Monk wrote EVENTIDE for Lyte's text in ten minutes. As the story goes, Monk was attending a hymnal committee meeting for the 1861 edition of Hymns Ancient and Modern of which he was music editor. Realizing that this text had no tune, Monk sat down at the piano and composed EVENTIDE. The hymn was then published in that edition of Hymns Ancient and Modern. The tune has always been associated with this text.
-Track 10: Windsor
By: From Este’s Psalter
Year: 16th Century

-Track 11: O Waly, Waly
By: Trad, England
Year: ?


"The Water is Wide"

-Track 16: Arfon
By: ?
Year: Trad

Common in major and minor. Good examples:


-Track 18: Donne Secours
By: From the Genevan Psalter
Year: 16th Century

Other examples:
Andrew Remillard on Piano: https://youtu.be/ZE4aph6OKAc
Emma Lou on Organ: https://youtu.be/la9p9IcTNL4

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