HANOVER (Croft)

Composer: William Croft

William Croft, Mus. Doc. was born in the year 1677 and received his musical education in the Chapel Royal, under Dr. Blow. In 1700 he was admitted a Gentleman Extraordinary of the Chapel Boyd; and in 1707, upon the decease of Jeremiah Clarke, he was appointed joint organist with his mentor, Dr. Blow. In 1709 he was elected organist of Westminster Abbey. This amiable man and excellent musician died in 1727, in the fiftieth year of his age. A very large number of Dr. Croft's compositions remain still in manuscript. Cathedral chants of the XVI, XVII & XVIII centuries, ed. by Edward F. Rimbault, London: D. Almaine & Co., 1844 Go to person page >

Tune Information

Title: HANOVER (Croft)
Composer: William Croft (1708)
Meter: 10.10.11.11
Incipit: 51123 51271 23217
Key: A Major
Copyright: Public Domain

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O Worship the King all glorious above

O worship the King all-glorious above,
O gratefully sing his power and his love:
our shield and defender, the Ancient of Days,
pavilioned in splendor and girded with praise.

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Ye Servants of God, Your Master Proclaim

You servants of God, your Master proclaim,
and publish abroad his wonderful name;
the name all-victorious of Jesus extol;
his kingdom is glorious and rules over all.

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Notes

William Croft (b. Nether Ettington, Warwickshire, England, 1678; d. Bath, Somerset, England, 1727) was a boy chorister in the Chapel Royal in London and then an organist at St. Anne's, Soho. Later he became organist, composer, and master of the children of the Chapel Royal, and eventually organist at Westminster Abbey. His duties at the Chapel Royal were expanded in 1715 to include teaching boys reading, writing, and arithmetic, as well as composition and organ playing. Croft published a two-volume collection of his church music, Musica sacra (1724), in one score rather than in separate part books, and in his preface encouraged others to do likewise. He contributed psalm tunes to The Divine Companion (1707) and to the Supplement to the New Version of Psalms by Dr. Brady and Mr. Tate (1708), which included HANOVER. These tunes mark a new development in English psalm tunes. HANOVER was printed anonymously, but William Croft is generally credited with its composition. The name derives from the House of Hanover, the family of King George III.

HANOVER is a well-crafted tune, distinguished in part by its triple meter, which was still rare in hymn tunes in the early eighteenth century. Like the music of its immediate neighbors, Psalms 148 and 150, which also begin and end with hallelujahs, HANOVER calls for the full resources of voices and organ and other instruments. It should be sung in harmony throughout–or try harmony on the first three stanzas and unison voices and the descant on the final stanza to provide a strong conclusion to this powerful psalm.

--Psalter Hymnal Handbook, 1988

Arrangements

Harmonizations, Introductions, Descants, Intonations

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    Published By: Frog Music (2012) pp. 24
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    Published By: Paraclete Press (2011) pp. 9
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    Published By: Concordia Publishing House (2011) pp. 23
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    Published By: Kevin Mayhew Ltd. (2009) pp. 66
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    Published By: Concordia Publishing House (1993) pp. 21
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    Composer/Editor Ronald Arnatt
    Published By: Augsburg Publishing House (1990) pp. 34
  • Hymn Exultations for Organ
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    Published By: Hinshaw Music, Inc. (1986) pp. 70
  • 20 Organ Intonations on Hymns of Praise
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    Published By: Hope Publishing Company (1985) pp. 15
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    Composer/Editor Alec Wyton
    Published By: Sacred Music Press (1983) pp. 18
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    Composer/Editor Gerald H. Knight
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  • Twenty-Two Hymn Introductions
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    Published By: Concordia Publishing House (1979) pp. 15
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    Published By: Augsburg Publishing House (1978) pp. LL
  • Thirty-Four Changes on Hymn Tunes: Hymn Introductions and Accompaniments
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    Published By: The H. W. Gray Company (1978) pp. 10
  • Organ Descants for Selected Hymn Tunes
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    Published By: Augsburg Publishing House (1972) pp. 24
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    Published By: Faber Music Limited (1969) pp. 12
  • Free Hymn Accompaniments for Manuals: Book I
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    Published By: Augsburg Publishing House (1966) pp. 43
  • 55 Hymn Intonations
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    Published By: Abingdon Press (1962) pp. 39
  • Varied Harmonizations of Hymn Tunes For Unison Singing
    Composer/Editor Eric Harding Thiman
    Published By: The H. W. Gray Company (1955) pp. 15
  • Thirty-Four Hymn Descants
    Composer/Editor David McKinley Williams
    Published By: The H. W. Gray Company (1948) pp. 35
  • Free Organ Accompaniments to One Hundred Well-known Hymn Tunes
    Composer/Editor T. Tertius Noble
    Published By: J. Fischer & Brothers (1946) pp. 45
  • Organ Accompaniments to the Unison Verses of 24 Hymn-Tunes: From the English Hymnal
    Composer/Editor Edward C. Bairstow
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  • Varied Accompaniments to Thirty-four Well-known Hymn Tunes
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    Published By: Oxford University Press (1937) pp. 4
  • Hymn Tunes with Varied Harmonies Book 3: For Pianoforte or Organ
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Organ Solo

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  • Interpretations Based on Hymn-Tunes Book I: For Organ
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  • Hymn Preludes for the Liturgical Year Volume VI Worship Adoration Praise: For Organ in 24 Volumes Opus 100
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  • Twenty Hymn-Tune Preludes (Second Set): For Manuals Only, with Optional Pedal
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    Published By: Oxford University Press (1966) pp. 16

Piano Solo

  • The Chapel Pianist Book One: Simplified Hymn Transcriptions
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Instruments: Instrumental Solo

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Voices: Vocal Solo

  • Sweet Singer : Hymns of Charles Wesley
    Composer/Editor Steven Kimbrough
    Published By: Chapel Hill Music, Inc. (1987) pp. 41

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