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GORTON (Beethoven)

GORTON (Beethoven)

Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven (1807)
Published in 43 hymnals


Printable scores: PDF, MusicXML
Audio files: MIDI, Recording

Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven

Ludwig van Beethoven, baptised 17 December 1770 – 26 March 1827) was a German composer and pianist. A crucial figure in the transition between the Classical and Romantic eras in Western art music, he remains one of the most famous and influential of all composers. See more in: Wikipedia  Go to person page >

Tune Information

Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven (1807)
Meter: 6.6.8.6
Incipit: 55566 55551 12233
Key: A♭ Major

Texts

Safe within thy fold

Remember not, O God,
The sins of long ago;
In tender mercy visit us,
Distressed and humbled low.

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Notes

The tune GORTON derives from the second movement of Ludwig van Beethoven's Piano Sonata No. 23, Opus 57 (1807); however, the arranger and any significance to the tune title are unknown. GORTON was published with this versification of Psalm 79 in the 1912 Psalter. Sing this tune in parts, beginning very quietly and building to a fuller sound on each successive stanza. Try the first stanza in parts but unaccompanied after a chord or two on the organ to get the congregation started. Sing two long lines for each stanza.

A giant in the history of music, Beethoven (b. Bonn, Germany, 1770; d. Vienna, Austria, 1827) progressed from early musical promise to worldwide, lasting fame. By the age of fourteen he was an accomplished viola and organ player, but he became famous primarily because of his compositions, including nine symphonies, eleven overtures, thirty piano sonatas, sixteen string quartets, the Mass in C, and the Missa Solemnis. He wrote no music for congregational use, but various arrangers, including Gardiner (PHH 1ll), adapted some of his musical themes as hymn tunes; the most famous of these is ODE TO JOY from the Ninth Symphony. Although it would appear that the great calamity of Beethoven's life was his loss of hearing, which turned to total deafness during the last decade of his life, he composed his greatest works during this period.

--Psalter Hymnal Handbook

Media

Christian Classics Ethereal Hymnary #373
  • Four-part harmony, full-score (PDF, NWC)
The Cyber Hymnal #3716
Text: Lord of the Hearts of Men
  • Adobe Acrobat image (PDF)
  • Noteworthy Composer score (NWC)
  • XML score (XML)
The Cyber Hymnal #4469
Text: My Spirit on Thy Care
  • Adobe Acrobat image (PDF)
  • Noteworthy Composer score (NWC)
  • XML score (XML)
The Cyber Hymnal #5765
Text: Remember Not, O God
  • Adobe Acrobat image (PDF)
  • Noteworthy Composer score (NWC)
  • XML score (XML)
The Cyber Hymnal #9490
Text: While My Redeemer's Near
  • PDF (PDF)
  • Noteworthy Composer Score (NWC)
Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #254
Text: Remember Not, O God
  • Full Score (PDF, XML)
  • Bulletin Score (PDF)
  • Bulletin Score (melody only) (PDF)

Instances

Instances (1 - 10 of 10)Text InfoTune InfoTextScoreFlexScoreAudioPage Scan
Christian Classics Ethereal Hymnary #373ScoreAudio
Lift Up Your Hearts: psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs #438FlexscoreAudio
Lift Up Your Hearts: psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs #632TextFlexscoreAudio
Psalms for All Seasons: a complete Psalter for worship #79BTextPage Scan
Psalms for All Seasons: a complete Psalter for worship #109A
Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #254Text InfoTune InfoTextScoreAudioPage Scan
The Cyber Hymnal #3716TextScoreAudio
The Cyber Hymnal #4469TextScoreAudio
The Cyber Hymnal #5765TextScoreAudio
The Cyber Hymnal #9490TextScoreAudio
Include 33 pre-1979 instances



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