NOEL (Sullivan)

Adapter: Arthur Sullivan

(no biographical information available about Arthur Sullivan.) Go to person page >

Tune Information

Adapter: Arthur Sullivan (1874)
Meter: 8.6.8.6
Incipit: 12321 23432 55345
Key: F Major or modal

Texts

It Came Upon the Midnight Clear

It came upon the midnight clear,
that glorious song of old,
from angels bending near the earth
to touch their harps of gold:
"Peace on the earth, good will to men,
from heaven's all-gracious King."
The world in solemn stillness lay,
to hear the angels sing.

Go to text page...

Notes

The tune NOEL (also used at 185) is also known as EARDISLEY or GERARD. Arthur Seymour Sullivan (b Lambeth, London. England. 1842; d. Westminster, London, 1900) adapted this traditional English melody (probably one of the variants of the folk song "Dives and Lazarus"), added phrases of his own to recast the melody in common meter double, and published it first in his Church Hymns with Tunes (1874). In that collection Sullivan set this tune to the Christmas carol "It Came Upon a Midnight Clear," which explains one of the tune names.

Though NOEL has frequent changes of harmony, do not sing it too slowly; keep the rhythmic energy moving. Antiphonal performance may highlight the refrain (second half of st. 3 and 5) in this psalm: all sing stanzas 1, 3, and 5; alternate groups sing stanzas 2 and 4. The folk origin of the tune suggests unison singing to most, but Sullivan's harmony will attract some choristers. Either way, this is lively music.

Sullivan was born of an Italian mother and an Irish father who was an army bandmaster and a professor of music. Sullivan entered the Chapel Royal as a chorister in 1854. He was elected as the first Mendelssohn scholar in 1856, when he began his studies at the Royal Academy of Music in London. He also studied at the Leipzig Conservatory (1858-1861) and in 1866 was appointed professor of composition at the Royal Academy of Music.

Early in his career Sullivan composed oratorios and music for some Shakespeare plays. However, he is best known for writing the music for lyrics by William S. Gilbert, which produced popular operettas such as H.M.S. Pinafore (1878), The Pirates of Penzance (1879), The Mikado (1884), and Yeomen of the Guard (1888). These operettas satirized the court and everyday life in Victorian times.

Although he composed some anthems, in the area of church music Sullivan is best remembered for his hymn tunes, written between 1867 and 1874 and published in The Hymnary (1872) and Church Hymns (1874), both of which he edited. He contributed hymns to A Hymnal Chiefly from The Book of Praise (1867) and to the Presbyterian collection Psalms and Hymns for Divine Worship (1867). A complete collection of his hymns and arrangements was published posthumously as Hymn Tunes by Arthur Sullivan (1902). Sullivan steadfastly refused to grant permission to those who wished to make hymn tunes from the popular melodies in his operettas.

--Psalter Hymnal Handbook

Media

Christian Classics Ethereal Hymnary #133
  • Four-part harmony, full-score (PDF, NWC)
The Cyber Hymnal #2828
Text: If Human Kindness Meets Return
  • Adobe Acrobat image (PDF)
  • Noteworthy Composer score (NWC)
  • XML score (XML)
The Cyber Hymnal #3157
Text: I Will Extol Thee, O My God
  • Adobe Acrobat image (PDF)
  • Noteworthy Composer score (NWC)
  • XML score (XML)
The Cyber Hymnal #6699
Text: A Thousand Years Have Come and Gone
  • Adobe Acrobat image (PDF)
  • Noteworthy Composer score (NWC)
  • XML score (XML)
Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #46
Text: God Is Our Refuge and Our Strength
  • Full Score (PDF, XML)
  • Bulletin Score (PDF)
  • Bulletin Score (melody only) (PDF)
Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #185
Text: I Will Extol You, O My God
  • Full Score (PDF, XML)
  • Bulletin Score (PDF)
  • Bulletin Score (melody only) (PDF)
Worship and Rejoice #388
Text: O God in Whom All Life Begins
  • Bulletin Score (melody only) (XML)
  • Full Score (XML)
  • Bulletin Score (XML)

Instances

Instances (1 - 43 of 43)Text InfoTune InfoTextScoreFlexScoreAudioPage Scan
A New Hymnal for Colleges and Schools #230
Ancient and Modern: hymns and songs for refreshing worship #70Text
Celebrating Grace Hymnal #286TextPage Scan
Christian Classics Ethereal Hymnary #133ScoreAudio
Christmas Favorites #48
Church Hymnary (4th ed.) #303TextPage Scan
Common Praise (1998) #141Text
Common Praise: A new edition of Hymns Ancient and Modern #56Page Scan
Complete Anglican Hymns Old and New #330Page Scan
Glory to God: the Presbyterian Hymnal #53Text InfoTextFlexScoreAudioPage Scan
Glory to God: the Presbyterian Hymnal #308Text InfoTextFlexScoreAudioPage Scan
Hymnal 1982: according to the use of the Episcopal Church #90TextPage Scan
Hymnal 1982: according to the use of the Episcopal Church #245
Hymns and Psalms: a Methodist and ecumenical hymn book #108
Hymns for Today's Church (2nd ed.) #87
Hymns of Promise: a large print songbook #29Page Scan
Hymns Old and New (Rev. and Enl.) #363
Lift Up Your Hearts: psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs #432TextFlexScoreAudioPage Scan
Lift Up Your Hearts: psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs #561TextFlexScoreAudioPage Scan
Psalms for All Seasons: a complete Psalter for worship #46ATextPage Scan
Psalms for All Seasons: a complete Psalter for worship #145ETextPage Scan
Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #46Text InfoTune InfoTextScoreAudioPage Scan
Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #185Text InfoTune InfoTextScoreAudioPage Scan
Rejoice in the Lord #160TextPage Scan
Rejoice in the Lord #490Page Scan
Singing the Faith #205
Singing the New Testament #14
Small Church Music #1005Audio
Small Church Music #3520Audio
The Cyber Hymnal #2828TextScoreAudio
The Cyber Hymnal #3157TextScoreAudio
The Cyber Hymnal #6699TextScoreAudio
The New Century Hymnal #401TextPage Scan
The New English Hymnal #29TextPage Scan
The Worshiping Church #643TextPage Scan
Trinity Hymnal (Rev. ed.) #626TextPage Scan
TTT-Himnaro Cigneta #109TextAudio
Voices United: The Hymn and Worship Book of The United Church of Canada #185
Voices United: The Hymn and Worship Book of The United Church of Canada #507
Voices United: The Hymn and Worship Book of The United Church of Canada #770aPage Scan
Worship and Rejoice #172
Worship and Rejoice #388TextScoreAudioPage Scan
生命聖詩 - Hymns of Life, 1986 #112
Include 36 pre-1979 instances



Advertisements