GENEVAN 25

GENEVAN 25

Composer: Louis Bourgeois (1551)
Published in 14 hymnals


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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 >

Tune Information

Composer: Louis Bourgeois (1551)
Meter: 8.7.8.7.7.8.7.8
Incipit: 17651 23133 43121
Key: C Major/G Major
Copyright: Public Domain

Texts

LORD, to You My Soul Is Lifted

LORD, to you my soul is lifted.
Let me never be ashamed
that I trust in you to keep me
though I seem to wait in vain.
LORD, remember all your love;
in your holy will instruct me.
LORD, do not remember sins
of those younger years behind me.

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Notes

Louis Bourgeois's (PHH 3) GENEVAN 25 was first published in the 1551 edition of the Genevan Psalter. Howard Slenk (PHH 3) harmonized the tune in 1985 for the Psalter Hymnal. One of the most beautifully constructed Genevan tunes, 25 is noted especially for its rhythmic interest and form (AABC). Like many melodies of its time, the rhythmic units move easily between groupings of two and three quarter-notes. For example, the first phrase is grouped 3+2+3+2+2; the first note of each group carries the stressed syllable of the text. Though set to a reflective text, the music should not be sung too slowly; feel the half note as the basic pulse. --Psalter Hymnal Handbook, 1988

Instances

Instances (1 - 6 of 6)Text InfoTune InfoTextScoreFlexScoreAudioPage Scan
Glory to God: the Presbyterian Hymnal #420Text InfoFlexscoreAudio
Lift Up Your Hearts: psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs #625FlexscoreAudio
Presbyterian Hymnal: hymns, psalms, and spiritual songs #178
Psalms for All Seasons: a complete Psalter for worship #25D
Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #25Text InfoTune InfoScoreAudio
Small Church Music #6250Audio
Include 8 pre-1979 instances
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