BANGOR (Tansur)

Composer: William Tans'ur

William Tansur, b. about 1700, Dunchurch of Barnes; d. 1783, St. Neots Evangelical Lutheran Hymnal, 1908 Also known as Tansur; Tanzer; le Tansur Go to person page >

Tune Information

Composer: William Tans'ur (1734)
Meter: 8.6.8.6
Incipit: 53215 U1D7( 6)555 7(6)5
Key: c minor
Source: Harmony of Zion, 1734; W. Tans'ur's Compleat Melody (1735)

Notes

Traditionally used for Montgomery's text and for Peter Abelard's "Alone Thou Goest Forth, O Lord," BANGOR comes from William Tans'ur's A Compleat Melody: or the Harmony of Syon (the preface of which is dated 1734). In that collection the tune was a three-part setting for Psalm 12 (and for Psalm 11 in a 1738 reprint). Possibly alluding to an earlier origin, the tune title recalls the Welsh borough and city Bangor. The tune was popular in Scotland: Robert Burns refers to it in his poem 'The Ordination": "an' skirl up the Bangor."

BANGOR is a solemn but expressive tune, though not mournful. It is sturdy and supportive of the classic anamnesis interpretation of Montgomery's text. Sing in harmony on stanzas 1 through 4, and sing in unison on stanza 5–or try singing the first three phrases in harmony and the fourth in unison to highlight the important concluding phrase in each stanza.

Tans'ur (originally Tanzer; b. Dunchurch, Warwickshire, England, 1706; d. St. Neots, Huntingdonshire, England, 1783) was an itinerant music teacher and song leader who served as occasional organist in churches in Barnes, Ewell, Cambridge, Stamford, and Boston (England). Later he lived in St. Neots, where he was a bookseller and music teacher. He published numerous pedagogical works on music as well as psalm books, including A Compleat Melody: or Harmony of Syon (1734), The Psalm Singer's Jewel (1760), and Melodia Sacra (1771); many of his books were reprinted numerous times. It is not always clear which tunes in these collections Tans'ur composed himself or which he adapted from other sources. A selection from his tunebooks was published in the United States as The American Harmony (1771), a book that influenced William Billings in his composing of psalm tunes.

--Psalter Hymnal Handbook, 1987

Media

Christian Classics Ethereal Hymnary #1067
  • Four-part harmony, full-score (PDF, NWC)
The Cyber Hymnal #14
Text: Alas! By Nature How Depraved
  • Adobe Acrobat image (PDF)
  • Noteworthy Composer score (NWC)
  • XML score (XML)
The Cyber Hymnal #1330
Text: Eternal God, We Look to Thee
  • Adobe Acrobat image (PDF)
  • Noteworthy Composer score (NWC)
  • XML score (XML)
The Cyber Hymnal #1569
Text: The Foes of Zion Quake for Fright
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  • Noteworthy Composer score (NWC)
  • XML score (XML)
The Cyber Hymnal #2363
Text: Hark! from the Tombs a Doleful Sound
  • Adobe Acrobat image (PDF)
  • Noteworthy Composer score (NWC)
  • XML score (XML)
The Cyber Hymnal #2569
Text: How David, When by Sin Deceived
  • Adobe Acrobat image (PDF)
  • Noteworthy Composer score (NWC)
  • XML score (XML)
The Cyber Hymnal #4899
Text: O God of Mercy, Hear My Call
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  • Noteworthy Composer score (NWC)
  • XML score (XML)
The Cyber Hymnal #5553
Text: O Zion, Open Wide Thy Gates
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  • Noteworthy Composer score (NWC)
  • XML score (XML)
The Cyber Hymnal #6946
Text: Terrible Thought! Shall I Alone
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  • Noteworthy Composer score (NWC)
  • XML score (XML)
The Cyber Hymnal #7161
Text: Why Doth the Lord Stand Off So Far?
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  • Noteworthy Composer score (NWC)
  • XML score (XML)
The Cyber Hymnal #7921
Text: Alas, My Aching Heart
  • PDF (PDF)
  • Noteworthy Composer Score (NWC)
The Cyber Hymnal #9474
Text: Long Has Divine Compassion Strove
  • PDF (PDF)
  • Noteworthy Composer Score (NWC)
The Cyber Hymnal #9516
Text: See, Gracious God, Before Thy Throne
  • PDF (PDF)
  • Noteworthy Composer Score (NWC)
The Cyber Hymnal #9795
Text: Dear Lord! Behold Our Sore Distress
  • PDF (PDF)
  • Noteworthy Composer Score (NWC)
Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #298
Text: According to Thy Gracious Word
  • Bulletin Score (melody only) (PDF)
  • Full Score (PDF, XML)
  • Bulletin Score (PDF)
Small Church Music #7291
Text: Ím, eljöttem bűnterhemmel (Behold, I come)
  • PDF Melody (PDF)

Instances

Instances (1 - 35 of 35)Text InfoTune InfoTextScoreFlexScoreAudioPage Scan
Ancient and Modern: hymns and songs for refreshing worship #123
Ancient and Modern: hymns and songs for refreshing worship #420aText
Christian Classics Ethereal Hymnary #1067ScoreAudio
Common Praise (1998) #189
Common Praise: A new edition of Hymns Ancient and Modern #256aPage Scan
Common Praise: A new edition of Hymns Ancient and Modern #276aPage Scan
Hymnal 1982: according to the use of the Episcopal Church #164
Hymnal 1982: according to the use of the Episcopal Church #672TextPage Scan
Hymnal: A Worship Book #244
Hymns and Psalms: a Methodist and ecumenical hymn book #345
Hymns for Today's Church (2nd ed.) #111
Hymns for Today's Church (2nd ed.) #407
Moravian Book of Worship #338TextPage Scan
Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #298Text InfoTune InfoTextScoreAudioPage Scan
Rejoice in the Lord #288
Small Church Music #1470Audio
Small Church Music #7291Audio
The Cyber Hymnal #14TextScoreAudio
The Cyber Hymnal #1330TextScoreAudio
The Cyber Hymnal #1569TextScoreAudio
The Cyber Hymnal #2363TextScoreAudio
The Cyber Hymnal #2569TextScoreAudio
The Cyber Hymnal #4899TextScoreAudio
The Cyber Hymnal #5553TextScoreAudio
The Cyber Hymnal #6946TextScoreAudio
The Cyber Hymnal #7161TextScoreAudio
The Cyber Hymnal #7921TextScoreAudio
The Cyber Hymnal #9474TextScoreAudio
The Cyber Hymnal #9516TextScoreAudio
The Cyber Hymnal #9795TextScoreAudio
The New English Hymnal #270TextPage Scan
Together in Song: Australian hymn book II #515b
Welsh and English Hymns and Anthems #85a
Welsh and English Hymns and Anthems #85b
生命聖詩 - Hymns of Life, 1986 #132
Include 29 pre-1979 instances



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