HANOVER (Croft)

Composer: William Croft

William Croft, Mus. Doc. was born in the year 1677 and received his musical education in the Chapel Royal, under Dr. Blow. In 1700 he was admitted a Gentleman Extraordinary of the Chapel Boyd; and in 1707, upon the decease of Jeremiah Clarke, he was appointed joint organist with his mentor, Dr. Blow. In 1709 he was elected organist of Westminster Abbey. This amiable man and excellent musician died in 1727, in the fiftieth year of his age. A very large number of Dr. Croft's compositions remain still in manuscript. Cathedral chants of the XVI, XVII & XVIII centuries, ed. by Edward F. Rimbault, London: D. Almaine & Co., 1844 Go to person page >

Tune Information

Composer: William Croft (1708)
Meter: 10.10.11.11
Incipit: 51123 51271 23217
Key: A Major

Texts

O Worship the King all glorious above

O worship the King all-glorious above,
O gratefully sing his power and his love:
our shield and defender, the Ancient of Days,
pavilioned in splendor and girded with praise.

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Ye Servants of God, Your Master Proclaim

You servants of God, your Master proclaim,
and publish abroad his wonderful name;
the name all-victorious of Jesus extol;
his kingdom is glorious and rules over all.

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Notes

William Croft (b. Nether Ettington, Warwickshire, England, 1678; d. Bath, Somerset, England, 1727) was a boy chorister in the Chapel Royal in London and then an organist at St. Anne's, Soho. Later he became organist, composer, and master of the children of the Chapel Royal, and eventually organist at Westminster Abbey. His duties at the Chapel Royal were expanded in 1715 to include teaching boys reading, writing, and arithmetic, as well as composition and organ playing. Croft published a two-volume collection of his church music, Musica sacra (1724), in one score rather than in separate part books, and in his preface encouraged others to do likewise. He contributed psalm tunes to The Divine Companion (1707) and to the Supplement to the New Version of Psalms by Dr. Brady and Mr. Tate (1708), which included HANOVER. These tunes mark a new development in English psalm tunes. HANOVER was printed anonymously, but William Croft is generally credited with its composition. The name derives from the House of Hanover, the family of King George III.

HANOVER is a well-crafted tune, distinguished in part by its triple meter, which was still rare in hymn tunes in the early eighteenth century. Like the music of its immediate neighbors, Psalms 148 and 150, which also begin and end with hallelujahs, HANOVER calls for the full resources of voices and organ and other instruments. It should be sung in harmony throughout–or try harmony on the first three stanzas and unison voices and the descant on the final stanza to provide a strong conclusion to this powerful psalm.

--Psalter Hymnal Handbook

Media

Christian Classics Ethereal Hymnary #292
  • Four-part harmony, full-score (PDF, NWC)
  • Four-part harmony, full score, Tenor-lead arrangement (PDF, NWC)
The Cyber Hymnal #1230
Text: Disposer Supreme, and Judge of the Earth
  • Adobe Acrobat image (PDF)
  • Noteworthy Composer score (NWC)
  • XML score (XML)
The Cyber Hymnal #4723
Text: O Come All Ye Saints
  • Adobe Acrobat image (PDF)
  • Noteworthy Composer score (NWC)
  • XML score (XML)
The Cyber Hymnal #5175
Text: Omnipotent Lord, My Savior and King
  • Adobe Acrobat image (PDF)
  • Noteworthy Composer score (NWC)
  • XML score (XML)
The Cyber Hymnal #5283
Text: O Praise Ye the Lord
  • Adobe Acrobat image (PDF)
  • Noteworthy Composer score (NWC)
  • XML score (XML)
The Cyber Hymnal #5510
Text: O What Shall I Do, My Savior to Praise
  • Adobe Acrobat image (PDF)
  • Noteworthy Composer score (NWC)
  • XML score (XML)
The Cyber Hymnal #7228
Text: We Praise Thee, O God
  • Adobe Acrobat image (PDF)
  • Noteworthy Composer score (NWC)
  • XML score (XML)
The Cyber Hymnal #8116
Text: The People Of God
  • PDF (PDF)
  • Noteworthy Composer Score (NWC)
The Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs of the Old and New-Testament: faithfully translated into English metre: for the use, edification, and comfort of the saints...especially in New-England (25th ed) #T12c
Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #149
Text: Sing Praise to the LORD
  • Full Score (PDF, XML)
  • Bulletin Score (PDF)
  • Bulletin Score (melody only) (PDF)
Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #477
Text: You Servants of God, Your Master Proclaim
  • Bulletin Score (melody only) (PDF)
  • Full Score (PDF, XML)
  • Bulletin Score (PDF)
The United Methodist Hymnal #181
Text: Ye Servants of God
  • Bulletin Score (melody only) (PDF)
  • Bulletin Score (PDF)
  • Full Score (PDF)
Worship and Rejoice #112
Text: You Servants of God
Worship and Rejoice #531
Text: Rejoice in God's Saints
  • Bulletin Score (melody only) (XML)
  • Full Score (XML)
  • Bulletin Score (XML)

Instances

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A New Hymnal for Colleges and Schools #6
Ambassador Hymnal: for Lutheran worship #178
Ancient and Modern: hymns and songs for refreshing worship #308Text
Ancient and Modern: hymns and songs for refreshing worship #754Text
Anglican Hymns Old and New (Rev. and Enl.) #582
Catholic Book of Worship III #551
Chalice Hymnal #110Text
Chalice Hymnal #476TextPage Scan
Christian Classics Ethereal Hymnary #292ScoreAudio
Christian Worship: a Lutheran hymnal #243TextPage Scan
Church Hymnary (4th ed.) #127TextPage Scan
Common Praise (1998) #380Text
Common Praise: A new edition of Hymns Ancient and Modern #546Page Scan
Common Praise: A new edition of Hymns Ancient and Modern #591Page Scan
Complete Anglican Hymns Old and New #551Page Scan
Discipleship Ministries Collection #83
Discipleship Ministries Collection #88
Discipleship Ministries Collection #107
Evangelical Lutheran Worship #842TextPage Scan
Glaubenslieder #315Text
Glory to God: the Presbyterian Hymnal #299Text InfoTextFlexScoreAudioPage Scan
Hymnal 1982: according to the use of the Episcopal Church #388TextFlexScorePage Scan
Hymns and Psalms: a Methodist and ecumenical hymn book #28
Hymns and Psalms: a Methodist and ecumenical hymn book #569
Hymns for a Pilgrim People: a congregational hymnal #75
Hymns for Today's Church (2nd ed.) #24Text
Hymns for Today's Church (2nd ed.) #333
Hymns of Faith #49TextPage Scan
Hymns of Promise: a large print songbook #72Page Scan
Hymns of the Saints: Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints #28
Les Chants du Pèlerin #4
Lift Up Your Hearts: psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs #582TextFlexScoreAudioPage Scan
Lutheran Service Book #804TextPage Scan
Lutheran Worship #458Text
Moravian Book of Worship #566TextPage Scan
Praise! Our Songs and Hymns #68
Presbyterian Hymnal: hymns, psalms, and spiritual songs #477TextPage Scan
Psalms for All Seasons: a complete Psalter for worship #104ETextPage Scan
Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #149Text InfoTune InfoTextScoreAudioPage Scan
Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #477Text InfoTune InfoTextScoreFlexScoreAudioPage Scan
Rejoice Hymns #60
Rejoice in the Lord #2Text
Secular Hymnal: 144 hymn tunes made inclusive for all #110TextPage Scan
Seventh-day Adventist Hymnal #256
Sing Joyfully #74TextPage Scan
Singing the Faith #113
Small Church Music #258Audio
Small Church Music #310Audio
The Celebration Hymnal: songs and hymns for worship #38Text
The Christian Life Hymnal #209
The Covenant Hymnal: a worshipbook #322
The Covenant Hymnal: a worshipbook #761
The Cyber Hymnal #1230TextScoreAudio
The Cyber Hymnal #4723TextScoreAudio
The Cyber Hymnal #5175TextScoreAudio
The Cyber Hymnal #5283TextScoreAudio
The Cyber Hymnal #5510TextScoreAudio
The Cyber Hymnal #7228TextScoreAudio
The Cyber Hymnal #8116TextScoreAudio
The Hymnal for Worship and Celebration #17Text
The Liturgy of the Order of Buddhist Contemplatives #22
The New Century Hymnal #305
The New English Hymnal #433TextPage Scan
The United Methodist Hymnal #181TextFlexScoreAudioPage Scan
The United Methodist Hymnal #708TextFlexScoreAudioPage Scan
The United Methodist Hymnal Music Supplement II #71
The United Methodist Hymnal Music Supplement II #72
The United Methodist Hymnal Music Supplement II #73
The United Methodist Hymnal Music Supplement II #74
The Worshiping Church #103TextFlexScore
The Worshiping Church #346TextFlexScorePage Scan
The Worshiping Church #712
The Worshiping Church #749TextPage Scan
Together in Song: Australian hymn book II #133
Together in Song: Australian hymn book II #188
Trinity Hymnal (Rev. ed.) #366TextPage Scan
TTT-Himnaro Cigneta #3aTextAudio
Voices United: The Hymn and Worship Book of The United Church of Canada #235TextPage Scan
Worship and Rejoice #112TextScoreAudioPage Scan
Worship and Rejoice #531TextScoreAudioPage Scan
生命聖詩 - Hymns of Life, 1986 #33Text
Include 88 pre-1979 instances



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