ABBOT'S LEIGH

Composer: Cyril Taylor

Cyril V. Taylor (b. Wigan, Lancashire, England, 1907; d. Petersfield, England, 1992) was a chorister at Magdalen College School, Oxford, and studied at Christ Church, Oxford, and Westcott House, Cambridge. Ordained a priest in the Church of England in 1932, he served the church as both pastor and musician. His positions included being a producer in the religious broadcasting department of the BBC (1939­1953), chaplain of the Royal School of Church Music (1953-1958), vicar of Cerne Abbas in Dorsetshire (1958-1969), and precentor of Salisbury Cathedral (1969-1975). He contributed twenty hymn tunes to the BBC Hymn Book (1951), which he edited, and other tunes to the Methodist Hymns and Psalms (1983). He also edited 100 Hymns for Today (1969)… Go to person page >

Tune Information

Title: ABBOT'S LEIGH
Composer: Cyril Taylor (1941)
Meter: 8.7.8.7 D
Incipit: 53111 76655 34565
Key: C Major
Copyright: Copyright © 1942. Renewal 1970 by Hope Publishing Company

Notes

Cyril V. Taylor (PHH 286) composed ABBOT'S LEIGH in May of 1941 when he was working for the Religious Broadcasting Department of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC). The BBC had received complaints about the use of AUSTRIA (tune for the Austrian national hymn) during this time of war, a tune then set to "Glorious Things of You Are Spoken" (506). Thus Taylor originally composed his tune for that text. First printed in a leaflet, ABBOT'S LEIGH was published in Hymns Ancient and Modern Revised (1950), Congregational Praise (1951), and the BBC Hymn Book (1951), of which Taylor was editor. No modern hymnal would want to omit this great twentieth-century tune! ABBOT'S LEIGH is named for a village near Bristol, England, where Taylor composed the tune (Bristol was wartime headquarters for the BBC).

This dramatic tune with bold melodic gestures and a bar form shape (AAB) is suitable for unison or harmony singing. Use strong accompaniment with a stately tempo.

--Psalter Hymnal Handbook

Arrangements

Organ Solo

  • Hymn Prelude Library Volume One Tunes A: Lutheran Service Book
    Composer/Editors Kevin J. Hildebrand; Wilbur C. Held
    Published By: Concordia Publishing House (2012) pp. 8
  • Praise the One: Ten Organ Impressions for Worship, Volume 3
    Composer/Editor Benjamin M. Culli
    Published By: Augsburg Fortress (2012) pp. 20
  • 100 New Hymn Preludes
    Composer/Editor Andrew Fletcher
    Published By: Kevin Mayhew Ltd. (2008) pp. 10
  • God of Grace: Five Hymn Tune Preludes for the Church Year
    Composer/Editor Stephen P. Folkemer
    Published By: Concordia Publishing House (2008) pp. 4
  • God of Grace: Five Hymn Tune Preludes for the Church Year
    Composer/Editor Stephen P. Folkemer
    Published By: Concordia Publishing House (2008) pp. 4
  • God of Grace: Five Hymn Tune Preludes for the Church Year
    Composer/Editor Stephen P. Folkemer
    Published By: Concordia Publishing House (2008) pp. 4
  • Hymnal Supplement Organ Prelude Edition: Volume 4 Church Triumphant
    Composer/Editor David A. Johnson
    Published By: Concordia Publishing House (2002) pp. 4
  • Composer/Editor Robert J. Powell
    Published By: Hope Publishing Company (1997) pp. 2
  • Hymn Intonations, Preludes, and Free Harmonizations Volume VIII: Still More Intonations
    Composer/Editor Richard Proulx
    Published By: Selah Publishing Company, Inc. (1996) pp. 2
  • 2 English Hymn Tune Settings
    Composer/Editor Robert A. Hobby
    Published By: MorningStar Music Publishers, Inc. (1995) pp. 3
  • Canonic Voluntary on "Abbot's Leigh"
    Composer/Editors Dennis Janzer; Cyril V. Taylor
    Published By: Hope Publishing Company (1995) pp. 1
  • Composer/Editor Gordon Young
    Published By: Hope Publishing Company (1994) pp. 7
  • Two English Voluntaries for Organ
    Composer/Editor Charles Callahan
    Published By: Concordia Publishing House (1993) pp. 6
  • Abbot's Leigh (Passacaglia, Fughetta and Finale)
    Composer/Editors Austin Cole Lovelace; Cyril V. Taylor
    Published By: Hope Publishing Company (1985) pp. 2
  • The Concordia Hymn Prelude Series Volume 19: General: A - Angel's
    Composer/Editors Herbert Gotsch; Kimberly Kondal Patterson
    Published By: Concordia Publishing House (1983) pp. 10

Harmonizations, Introductions, Descants, Intonations

  • Free Harmonizations of Favorite Hymns Volume 2: General Hymns II
    Composer/Editor James M. Guthrie
    Published By: Self-published (2017) pp. LL
  • 55 Hymn Harmonizations for Organ: Compiled by Jane Holstein
    Composer/Editors Jane Holstein; Hal H. Hopson
    Published By: Hope Publishing Company (2016) pp. 2
  • Hymn Tunes in Lower Keyes: The Book to Grab When the Congregation Complains that the Hymns are Too High!

    Published By: Kevin Mayhew Ltd. (2011) pp. 2
  • Composer/Editor Robert A. Hobby
    Published By: MorningStar Music Publishers, Inc. (2011) pp. 6
  • 200 Last Verses: Completely Revised to Complement the Keys in Major Hymn Books
    Composer/Editor Noel Rawsthorne
    Published By: Kevin Mayhew Ltd. (2009) pp. 1
  • The Really Big Descant Book - Full Music Edition: 250 Settings to Raise the Roof by the World's Finest Church Music Composers

    Published By: Kevin Mayhew Ltd. (2009) pp. 1
  • Introductions and Alternate Accompaniments for Organ Volume 5: Evangelical Lutheran Worship, Hymns 503 - 573
    Composer/Editors Norma Aamodt-Nelson; Marissa Bauck
    Published By: Augsburg Fortress (2008) pp. 526
  • Introductions and Alternate Accompaniments for Piano Volume 5: Evangelical Lutheran Worship, Hymns 503 - 573
    Composer/Editors Norma Aamodt-Nelson; Marissa Bauck
    Published By: Augsburg Fortress (2008) pp. 526
  • 200 New Last Verses

    Published By: Kevin Mayhew Ltd. (2007) pp. 1
  • Introductions and Alternate Accompaniments for Organ Volume 6: Evangelical Lutheran Worship, Hymns 574 - 639
    Composer/Editors Norma Aamodt-Nelson; Marissa Bauck
    Published By: Augsburg Fortress (2007) pp. 579
  • Introductions and Alternate Accompaniments for Organ Volume 7: Evangelical Lutheran Worship, Hymns 640 - 704
    Composer/Editors Norma Aamodt-Nelson; Mark Weiler
    Published By: Augsburg Fortress (2007) pp. 668
  • Introductions and Alternate Accompaniments for Piano Volume 6: Evangelical Lutheran Worship, Hymns 574 - 639
    Composer/Editors Norma Aamodt-Nelson; Marissa Bauck
    Published By: Augsburg Fortress (2007) pp. 579
  • Introductions and Alternate Accompaniments for Piano Volume 7: Evangelical Lutheran Worship, Hymns 640 - 704
    Composer/Editors Norma Aamodt-Nelson; Mark Weiler
    Published By: Augsburg Fortress (2007) pp. 668
  • As Though the Whole Creation Cried: Fifty Hymn Harmonizations for Organ
    Composer/Editor Michael A. Burkhardt
    Published By: MorningStar Music Publishers, Inc. (2001) pp. 2
  • Pull Out the Stops! Volume II: Congregational Song Accompaniments for Organ
    Composer/Editors Norma Aamodt-Nelson; Mark Weiler
    Published By: Augsburg Fortress (2001) pp. 4
  • Let It Rip! At the Piano 2: Congregational Song Accompaniments Volume 2
    Composer/Editors Norma Aamodt-Nelson; Eric Vollen
    Published By: Augsburg Fortress (2000) pp. 6
  • Hymnal Supplement 98: Vocal Descant Edition

    Published By: Concordia Publishing House (1999) pp. 864
  • The Creative Use of Descants in Worship: The Creative Church Musician Series / Volume 3
    Composer/Editor Hal H. Hopson
    Published By: Hope Publishing Company (1999) pp. 10
  • Ninety Easy Hymn Accompaniments: For Keyboard
    Composer/Editor Margaret Mealy
    Published By: GIA Publications, Inc. (1997) pp. 4
  • After the Last Verse: 200 Hymn Improvisations
    Composer/Editor Malcolm Archer
    Published By: Kevin Mayhew Ltd. (1995) pp. 1
  • Music Supplement: The United Methodist Hymnal
    Composer/Editor Gary Alan Smith
    Published By: Abingdon Press (1991) pp. 4
  • Hymn Descants and Free Harmonizations
    Composer/Editor Ronald Arnatt
    Published By: Augsburg Publishing House (1990) pp. 2
  • Free Harmonizations of Hymn Tunes: By Fifty American Composers
    Composer/Editor D. DeWitt Wasson
    Published By: Hinshaw Music, Inc. (1984) pp. 2

Piano and Organ Duet

  • Six Hymn Paraphrases: Volume 2
    Composer/Editors Hector Olivera; Chris Howard
    Published By: Rodgers Instruments LLC (1998) pp. 13

Piano Solo

  • The Church Pianist Volume 3 Number 3 January 1987: The Pianist's Companion for the Church Year
    Composer/Editors Hugh S. Livingston, Jr.; Lani Smith
    Published By: Lorenz Publishing Company (1987) pp. 26

Voices: Organ, Brass, and Voices

  • Abbot's Leigh: Festive Hymn Settings Arranged FOR Congregation, Brass Quartet, and Organ
    Composer/Editor James Biery
    Published By: MorningStar Music Publishers, Inc. (2005) pp. 3
  • Brass Accompaniments for The Worshiping Church: A Hymnal
    Composer/Editor Donald P. Hustad
    Published By: Hope Publishing Company (1991) pp. 3

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