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BLAENWERN

BLAENWERN

Composer: William Penfro Rowlands (1905)
Published in 73 hymnals


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Tune Information

Title: BLAENWERN
Composer: William Penfro Rowlands (1905)
Meter: 8.7.8.7 D
Incipit: 55665 13321 7655
Key: F Major
Copyright: Public Domain

Notes

Composed by William Penfro Rowlands (b. Maenclochog, Pembrokeshire, Wales, 1860; d. Swansea, Glamorganshire, Wales, 1937) during the Welsh revival of 1904-1905, BLAENWERN was published in Henry H. Jones's Cân a Moliant (1915). The tune's name refers to a farm in Pembroke shire where Rowlands convalesced in his youth.

A church musician of many talents, Rowlands was a teacher in several schools. He composed hymn tunes and anthems and was conductor of the famous Morriston United Choral Society of southern Wales and precentor of the Tabernacle Congregational Church in Morriston. BLAENWERN gained its current popularity through Billy Graham crusades when it was sung to "What a Friend We Have in Jesus" (579).

Play this majestic music with two broad beats per measure. Especially when sung with its fine harmonization, BLAENWERN gradually builds to a powerful climax at the end of phrase 3 and the beginning of phrase 4. Assign some stanzas for antiphonal singing in harmony, but have the entire group sing stanza 5 in unison, perhaps with a slightly slower tempo.

--Psalter Hymnal Handbook, 1988

Arrangements

Harmonizations, Introductions, Descants, Intonations

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    Composer/Editor June Nixon
    Published By: Kevin Mayhew Ltd. (2015) pp. 23
  • Hymn Tunes in Lower Keyes: The Book to Grab When the Congregation Complains that the Hymns are Too High!
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    Composer/Editor Noel Rawsthorne
    Published By: Kevin Mayhew Ltd. (2009) pp. 19
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    Composer/Editor June Nixon
    Published By: Kevin Mayhew Ltd. (2009) pp. 23
  • 200 New Last Verses
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  • Introductions and Alternate Accompaniments for Organ Volume 7: Evangelical Lutheran Worship, Hymns 640 - 704
    Composer/Editors Norma Aamodt-Nelson; Mark Weiler; Frederick Frahm
    Published By: Augsburg Fortress (2007) pp. 647
  • Introductions and Alternate Accompaniments for Piano Volume 7: Evangelical Lutheran Worship, Hymns 640 - 704
    Composer/Editors Norma Aamodt-Nelson; Mark Weiler; John Carter
    Published By: Augsburg Fortress (2007) pp. 647
  • The Ultimate Finishing Touch: Last-verse Arrangements of Well-loved Hymn Tunes
    Composer/Editor Harrison Oxley
    Published By: Kevin Mayhew Ltd. (2000) pp. 24
  • After the Last Verse: 200 Hymn Improvisations
    Composer/Editor Malcolm Archer
    Published By: Kevin Mayhew Ltd. (1995) pp. 19
  • Hymns for Occasions: One Hundred Special Arrangements
    Composer/Editor Colin Mawby
    Published By: Kevin Mayhew Ltd. (1994) pp. 12
  • Keyboard Accompaniments and Conductor's Guide for The Worshiping Church: A Hymnal
    Composer/Editor Donald P. Hustad
    Published By: Hope Publishing Company (1991) pp. 11
  • Keyboard Accompaniments and Conductor's Guide for The Worshipping Church: A Hymnal
    Composer/Editor Donald P. Hustad
    Published By: Hope Publishing Company (1991) pp. 11

Organ Solo

  • 150 Hymn Preludes Book 1 Hymn Tune A - K: Short and Playable Pieces in Keys to Match All Popular Hymn Books
    Composer/Editor Stanley Vann
    Published By: Kevin Mayhew Ltd. (2010) pp. 56
  • Hymn Preludes for the Church Year Book 2: Ordinary Time
    Composer/Editor Andrew Fletcher
    Published By: Kevin Mayhew Ltd. (2001) pp. 31
  • Preludes on Favorite Hymns for Organ
    Composer/Editor Andrew Fletcher
    Published By: Kevin Mayhew Ltd. (2000) pp. 105
  • 100 Hymn Preludes for Manuals
    Composer/Editor Richard Lloyd
    Published By: Kevin Mayhew Ltd. (1996) pp. 168
  • Lorenz's Organ Album No. 95: Three-staff Voluntaries for the Church Organ
    Composer/Editor Robert J. Hughes
    Published By: Lorenz Publishing Company (1984) pp. 59, 62
  • The Organ Portfolio Volume 47 Number 4 April 1984: A Bi-Monthly Anthology for Church Organists
    Composer/Editors Dorothy Wells; Robert J. Hughes
    Published By: Lorenz Publishing Company (1984) pp. 59

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