|Title:||[I know not why God's wondrous grace] (McGranahan)|
|Composer:||James McGranahan (1883)|
|Incipit:||13343 21655 3556|
|Key:||C Major/D Major|
James McGranahan (PHH 99), Whittle's song leader, composed EL NATHAN. The tunes title is a pseudonym used by Whittle. A typical gospel hymn tune, EL NATHAN is constructed with a few melodic lines and a very simple harmony, but it is marked by some rhythmic interest. The tune is easily sung in parts. Try singing the stanzas in two long lines. The text of the refrain calls for one long extended phrase; accompanists and choirs using staggered breathing can demonstrate the effectiveness of a musical “communion of the saints” by performing the entire refrain without a break.
--Psalter Hymnal Handbook, 1989