BLAENWERN

BLAENWERN

Composer: William Penfro Rowlands (1905)
Published in 58 hymnals


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Composer: William Penfro Rowlands

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Tune Information

Composer: William Penfro Rowlands (1905)
Meter: 8.7.8.7 D
Incipit: 55665 (U1)3 321D7 655
Key: F Major or modal
Copyright: Public Domain

Notes

Composed by William Penfro Rowlands (b. Maenclochog, Pembrokeshire, Wales, 1860; d. Swansea, Glamorganshire, Wales, 1937) during the Welsh revival of 1904-1905, BLAENWERN was published in Henry H. Jones's Cân a Moliant (1915). The tune's name refers to a farm in Pembroke shire where Rowlands convalesced in his youth.

A church musician of many talents, Rowlands was a teacher in several schools. He composed hymn tunes and anthems and was conductor of the famous Morriston United Choral Society of southern Wales and precentor of the Tabernacle Congregational Church in Morriston. BLAENWERN gained its current popularity through Billy Graham crusades when it was sung to "What a Friend We Have in Jesus" (579).

Play this majestic music with two broad beats per measure. Especially when sung with its fine harmonization, BLAENWERN gradually builds to a powerful climax at the end of phrase 3 and the beginning of phrase 4. Assign some stanzas for antiphonal singing in harmony, but have the entire group sing stanza 5 in unison, perhaps with a slightly slower tempo.

--Psalter Hymnal Handbook, 1988

Instances

Instances (1 - 48 of 48)Text InfoTune InfoTextScoreFlexScoreAudioPage Scan
Ancient and Modern: hymns and songs for refreshing worship #337
Ancient and Modern: hymns and songs for refreshing worship #721bTextFlexScore
Chalice Hymnal #690TextPage Scan
Church Hymnary (4th ed.) #468Text
Church Hymnary (4th ed.) #702
Common Praise (1998) #447Text
Common Praise (1998) #486
Common Praise (1998) #601
Common Praise: A new edition of Hymns Ancient and Modern #301Page Scan
Common Praise: A new edition of Hymns Ancient and Modern #516bPage Scan
Complete Anglican Hymns Old and New #428b
Evangelical Lutheran Worship #647Text
Hymns and Psalms: a Methodist and ecumenical hymn book #267a
Hymns for Today's Church (2nd ed.) #217aText
Hymns for Today's Church (2nd ed.) #373aText
Hymns for Today's Church (2nd ed.) #570Text
Hymns of the Saints: Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints #85
Hymns of the Saints: Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints #170
Hymns Old and New (Rev. and Enl.) #241a
Hymns Old and New (Rev. and Enl.) #406
Hymns Old and New (Rev. and Enl.) #484
Hymns Old and New (Rev. and Enl.) #491b
Lift Up Your Hearts: psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs #519FlexScore
Protestant Madagascar Hymnal, 2001 #630b
Protestant Madagascar Hymnal, 2001 #740b
Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #132Text InfoTune InfoScoreAudio
Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #416Text InfoTune InfoTextScoreAudioPage Scan
Rejoice in the Lord #115TextPage Scan
Sing! A New Creation #58Audio
Singing the Faith #503
Singing the New Testament #232Text
Small Church Music #3Audio
Small Church Music #96Audio
The Christian Life Hymnal #41
The Covenant Hymnal: a worshipbook #279
The Covenant Hymnal: a worshipbook #715
The New English Hymnal #408aTextPage Scan
The Worshiping Church #285TextPage Scan
The Worshiping Church #325TextPage Scan
Together in Song: Australian hymn book II #590
Trinity Hymnal (Rev. ed.) #339TextPage Scan
TTT-Himnaro Cigneta #30cTextAudio
TTT-Himnaro Cigneta #31TextAudio
Voices United: The Hymn and Worship Book of The United Church of Canada #389TextFlexScore
Voices United: The Hymn and Worship Book of The United Church of Canada #514TextPage Scan
Welsh and English Hymns and Anthems #75a
Welsh and English Hymns and Anthems #75b
Worship and Rejoice #671TextFlexScoreAudioPage Scan
Include 10 pre-1979 instances



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