Composer: Louis Bourgeois (1551); Harmonizer: Howard Slenk (1985)
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Composer: Louis Bourgeois

Loys "Louis" Bourgeois (French: [buʁʒwa]; c. 1510 – 1559) was a French composer and music theorist of the Renaissance. He is most famous as one of the main compilers of Calvinist hymn tunes in the middle of the 16th century. One of the most famous melodies in all of Christendom, the Protestant doxology known as the Old 100th, is commonly attributed to him. See also in: Wikipedia  Go to person page >

Harmonizer: Howard Slenk

Howard J. Slenk Born: 1931, Hol­land, Mi­chi­gan. Slenk was ed­ucat­ed at Cal­vin Coll­ege, Grand Ra­pids, Mi­chi­gan, and Ohio State Un­i­ver­si­ty, Co­lum­bus (PhD, dis­ser­ta­tion: The Hu­gue­not Psal­ter in the Low Coun­tries). He taught at Trin­i­ty Chris­tian Col­lege, Pa­los Heights, Il­li­nois, and Cal­vin Coll­ege, Grand Ra­pids, Mi­chi­gan (1967-95). He was al­so or­gan­ist and mu­sic di­rect­or at Woodlawn Chris­tian Re­formed Church in Grand Ra­pids (1970-93). His works in­clude: A Well-Ap­point­ed Church Mu­sic, 1960  Go to person page >

Tune Information

Composer: Louis Bourgeois (1551)
Harmonizer: Howard Slenk (1985)
Key: D Major
Copyright: Text and harmonization © 1987, CRC Publications


Behold, How Good, How Pleasant Is the Union

Behold, how good, how pleasant is the union
when brothers, sisters live in sweet communion
and serve the LORD in cheerfulness.
It is like precious oil on Aaron's head,
which on his beard and priestly robe would spread,
anointing him to holiness.

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GENEVAN 133 first appeared in the 1551 edition of the Genevan Psalter. Howard Slenk (PHH 3) harmonized the tune in 1985. Composed in the Ionian mode (major), GENEVAN 133 consists of six lines that group into two very long melodic curves with identical cadences at the ends of lines 3 and 6. Sing the tune at a brisk pace in a festive manner with crisp organ articulation. --Psalter Hymnal Handbook


Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #133
Text: Behold, How Good, How Pleasant Is the Union
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