ST. MATTHEW (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: 8.6.8.6 D
Incipit: 535U1 32(1) D7U13 2D56
Key: B♭ Major
Source: Supplement to the new Version of Psalms by Dr. Brady and Mr. Tate, 1708

Texts

Thine Arm, O Lord, in Days of Old

Thine arm, O Lord, in days of old
Was strong to heal and save;
It triumphed o'er disease and death,
O'er darkness and the grave.
To Thee they went, the blind, the deaf,
The palsied, and the lame,
The leper with his tainted life,
The sick with fevered frame.

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Notes

ST. MATTHEW was published in the Supplement to the New Version of Psalms by Dr. Brady and Mr. Tate (1708), where it was set to Psalm 33 and noted as a new tune. The editor of the Supplement, William Croft (PHH 149), may be the composer of ST. MATTHEW. One of the longer British psalm tunes, it has a fine mix of larger and stepwise intervals. It bears forceful or even jubilant singing with one broad beat per measure. If taken at a brisk tempo (c. dotted half = 50), consider holding the last note of every long phrase an extra measure to provide a breathing space between sentences.

--Psalter Hymnal Handbook, 1987

Media

Christian Classics Ethereal Hymnary #978
  • Four-part harmony, full-score (PDF, NWC)
The Cyber Hymnal #139
Text: Although on Massy Pillars Built
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  • Noteworthy Composer score (NWC)
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The Cyber Hymnal #915
Text: Come, Let Us Rise with Christ
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  • Noteworthy Composer score (NWC)
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The Cyber Hymnal #1318
Text: The Earth Belongs unto the Lord
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  • Noteworthy Composer score (NWC)
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The Cyber Hymnal #1561
Text: Fountain of Never Ceasing Grace
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  • Noteworthy Composer score (NWC)
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The Cyber Hymnal #2235
Text: Hear Me O God, Nor Hide Thy Face
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  • Noteworthy Composer score (NWC)
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The Cyber Hymnal #2665
Text: How Vast the Benefits Divine
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The Cyber Hymnal #4872
Text: O God, No Longer Hold Thy Peace
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The Cyber Hymnal #5706
Text: A Purple Robe
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The Cyber Hymnal #7437
Text: Who Will Arise and Plead My Right?
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The Cyber Hymnal #9751
Text: Believing Souls, Rejoice And Sing
  • PDF (PDF)
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Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #21
Text: The King Rejoices in Your Strength
  • Bulletin Score (melody only) (PDF)
  • Full Score (PDF, XML)
  • Bulletin Score (PDF)

Instances

Instances (1 - 37 of 37)Text InfoTune InfoTextScoreFlexScoreAudioPage Scan
Ancient and Modern: hymns and songs for refreshing worship #268Text
Ancient and Modern: hymns and songs for refreshing worship #520Text
Christian Classics Ethereal Hymnary #978ScoreAudio
Church Hymnary (4th ed.) #18aTextPage Scan
Common Praise: A new edition of Hymns Ancient and Modern #347Page Scan
Complete Anglican Hymns Old and New #671Page Scan
Hymnal 1982: according to the use of the Episcopal Church #567TextFlexScorePage Scan
Hymns and Psalms: a Methodist and ecumenical hymn book #397
Hymns and Psalms: a Methodist and ecumenical hymn book #812
Hymns of the Saints: Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints #314
Hymns of the Saints: Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints #358
Hymns Old and New (Rev. and Enl.) #750
Protestant Madagascar Hymnal, 2001 #611a
Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #21Text InfoTune InfoScoreAudio
Rejoice in the Lord #92TextPage Scan
Singing the Faith #162
Singing the Faith #744
Small Church Music #898Audio
Small Church Music #908Audio
Small Church Music #3419Audio
The Cyber Hymnal #139TextScoreAudio
The Cyber Hymnal #915TextScoreAudio
The Cyber Hymnal #1318TextScoreAudio
The Cyber Hymnal #1561TextScoreAudio
The Cyber Hymnal #2235TextScoreAudio
The Cyber Hymnal #2665TextScoreAudio
The Cyber Hymnal #4872TextScoreAudio
The Cyber Hymnal #5706TextScoreAudio
The Cyber Hymnal #7437TextScoreAudio
The Cyber Hymnal #9751TextScoreAudio
The New Century Hymnal #263TextPage Scan
The New Century Hymnal #464
The New English Hymnal #116TextPage Scan
The New English Hymnal #324TextPage Scan
Trinity Hymnal (Rev. ed.) #61TextPage Scan
Trinity Hymnal (Rev. ed.) #470TextPage Scan
Trinity Hymnal (Rev. ed.) #519TextPage Scan
Include 44 pre-1979 instances



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