KING'S WESTON

Composer: Ralph Vaughan Williams

Through his composing, conducting, collecting, editing, and teaching, Ralph Vaughan Williams (b. Down Ampney, Gloucestershire, England, October 12, 1872; d. Westminster, London, England, August 26, 1958) became the chief figure in the realm of English music and church music in the first half of the twentieth century. His education included instruction at the Royal College of Music in London and Trinity College, Cambridge, as well as additional studies in Berlin and Paris. During World War I he served in the army medical corps in France. Vaughan Williams taught music at the Royal College of Music (1920-1940), conducted the Bach Choir in London (1920-1927), and directed the Leith Hill Music Festival in Dorking (1905-1953). A major influence i… Go to person page >

Tune Information

Title: KING'S WESTON
Composer: Ralph Vaughan Williams (1925)
Meter: 6.5.6.5 D
Incipit: 12321 71234 51345
Key: d minor
Copyright: Copyright 1925 by R. Vaughan Williams

Notes

Ralph Vaughan Williams (PHH 316) composed KING'S WESTON for this text. It was published in Songs of Praise (1925). The combination of text and tune in a festive hymn¬-anthem by Vaughan Williams has become a favorite of many church choirs. The tune's title refers to a manor house on the Avon River near Bristol, England.

KING'S WESTON is a great tune marked by distinctive rhythmic structures and a soaring climax in the final two lines. Like many of Vaughan Williams's tunes, it is best sung in unison with moderate accompaniment to support this vigorous melody. For festive services use the descant in Vaughan Williams's anthem for stanza 4, or combine select choral stanzas from this anthem with congregational stanzas in the manner hymn concertato, using E minor throughout.

--Psalter Hymnal Handbook, 1988

Instances

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A New Hymnal for Colleges and Schools #19

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Ancient and Modern #98b

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Breaking Bread (Vol. 39) #718

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Celebrating Grace Hymnal #287

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Chalice Hymnal #470

Christian Classics Ethereal Hymnary #319

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Christian Worship #344

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Common Praise (1998) #375

Common Praise #380b

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Evangelical Lutheran Hymnary #53

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Evangelical Lutheran Worship #416

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Glory to God #154

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Glory to God #217

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Glory to God #264

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Hymnal 1982 #435

Hymnal #342

Hymns and Psalms #199

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Hymns for a Pilgrim People #213

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Hymns for a Pilgrim People #548

Hymns of the Saints #445

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Journeysongs (3rd ed.) #465

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Lift Up Your Hearts #220

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Lutheran Service Book #509

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Lutheran Service Book #512

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Lutheran Worship #178

Moravian Book of Worship #480

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Moravian Book of Worship #651

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Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #467

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Rejoice in the Lord #336

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Renew! Songs and Hymns for Blended Worship #279

RitualSong (2nd ed.) #909

Santo, Santo, Santo #657

Seventh-day Adventist Hymnal #232

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Sing! A New Creation #265

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Singing the New Testament #157

Singing the New Testament #218

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Small Church Music #1258

The New Century Hymnal #255

The New Century Hymnal #586

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The New English Hymnal #50

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The Presbyterian Hymnal #148

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The United Methodist Hymnal #167b

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The United Methodist Hymnal #168

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The United Methodist Hymnal #592

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The United Methodist Hymnal Music Supplement II #99

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The Worshiping Church #722

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Trinity Hymnal (Rev. ed.) #163

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Trinity Hymnal (Rev. ed.) #285

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Trinity Psalter Hymnal #270

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Trinity Psalter Hymnal #368

Voices United #97

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Voices United #335

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Worship (3rd ed.) #499

Worship (4th ed.) #563

Worship (4th ed.) #860

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Worship and Rejoice #321

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Worship and Rejoice #555

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Worship Supplement 2000 #763

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