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Composer: Karen Lafferty

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Tune Information

Composer: Karen Lafferty (1972)
Meter: Irregular
Incipit: 33453 21612 3
Key: D Major
Copyright: © 1972 Maranatha! Music (admin, by Capitol CMG Publishing)


Named after its composer, LAFFERTY is a "simple is beautiful" tune consisting of one repeated musical line accompanied by a descant that encourages even the smallest congregation to sing in two-part harmony. A popular Scripture chorus published in many informal collections, it was one of the first to be included in recent denominational hymnals. LAFFERTY can be sung in different ways; one elaborate (though easy to learn) performance that extends the song is to treat the descant like a refrain in a two part round; when the first group finishes the first stanza, it begins the alleluias as the second group begins stanza 1. Flute and guitar provide beautiful accompaniment; Karen herself plays guitar and oboe–try that for variety!

--Psalter Hymnal Handbook


Instances (1 - 43 of 43)Text InfoTune InfoTextScoreFlexScoreAudioPage Scan
Ancient and Modern: hymns and songs for refreshing worship #775
Baptist Hymnal 1991 #478Text
Baptist Hymnal 2008 #524
Celebrating Grace Hymnal #436
Chalice Hymnal #354
Church Hymnary (4th ed.) #641
Common Praise (1998) #458
Complete Anglican Hymns Old and New #590
Gather (3rd ed.) #658
Gather Comprehensive #615
Gather Comprehensive, Second Edition #600
Glory to God: the Presbyterian Hymnal #175Text InfoAudio
Himnos de la Iglesia #363
Hymnal 1982: according to the use of the Episcopal Church #711
Hymns for a Pilgrim People: a congregational hymnal #370
Hymns of Faith #447
Hymns of Promise: a large print songbook #65
Hymns Old and New (Rev. and Enl.) #652
Lift Up Your Hearts: psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs #899Audio
Lutheran Service Book #712
Moravian Book of Worship #605Text
Oramos Cantando = We Pray In Song #576
Praise! Our Songs and Hymns #438
Presbyterian Hymnal: hymns, psalms, and spiritual songs #333
Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #209Text InfoTune InfoAudio
Rejoice Hymns #411
Sing and Rejoice!: new hymns for congregations #98
Sing Joyfully #615
Singing the Faith #254
Songs for Life #155
The Celebration Hymnal: songs and hymns for worship #713
The Hymnal for Worship and Celebration #42
The United Methodist Hymnal #405
The Worshiping Church #447
This Far By Faith: an African American resource for worship #149
Together in Song: Australian hymn book II #745
Voices United: The Hymn and Worship Book of The United Church of Canada #356
With One Voice #783
Worship (3rd ed.) #580
Worship (4th ed.) #663
Worship and Rejoice #349
Worship in Song: A Friends Hymnal #100
찬송과 예배 = Chansong gwa yebae = Come, Let Us Worship: the Korean-English Presbyterian hymnal and service book #136
Include 1 pre-1979 instance