LAUDS (Wilson)

LAUDS (Wilson)

Composer: John Wilson (1967)
Published in 28 hymnals

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Composer: John Wilson

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Composer: John Wilson (1967)
Incipit: 56161 23325 31251
Copyright: © 1979, Hope Publishing Co.


There's a Spirit in the Air

Holy Spirit, Mighty God

Holy Spirit, mighty God,
tune our ears to hear the Word;
open our hearts, convert our lives;
mold us strong, sound; make us wise.

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Spritely and bright, LAUDS fits well with Seerveld's text. The melody features an effective tonal and rhythmic climax in the last phrase. Use light organ accompaniment to sing the tune in unison. Harmony singing works well too. Keep a dotted half note pu1se throughout. A descant by Wilson for this tune was also published in Hymns for Celebration and in the Agape (Hope Publishing Co.) Hymnal Supplement. John W. Wilson (b. Bournville, Birmingham, England, 1905; d. Guildford, Surrey, England, 1992) composed LAUDS in 1967 to be published with James Montgomery's (PHH 72) text "Songs of Praise the Angels Sang" in the British Methodist supplemen¬tary hymnal Hymns and Songs (1969). The tune's name derives from the praise theme of that text. Ever since a 1972 hymn sing organized by the Royal School of Church Music, London, however, LAUDS has been associated with Brian A. Wren's (PHH 311) text "There's a Spirit in the Air." LAUDS was published with that text in the British collection Hymns for Celebration (1974). It was this latter combination that inspired Calvin Seerveld in 1983 to write another text about the Holy Spirit for this tune. Wilson was a major force in the modern British "hymn explosion." After receiving an education in mathematics and physics at Cambridge University, he turned his attention to music and studied at the Royal College of Music in London. He was director of music at Charterhouse, a famous British school (1947-1965), and taught music at the Royal College of Music (1965-1980). Treasurer of the Hymn Society of Great Britain and Ireland from 1965 to 1990, he organized and directed the popular "Come and Sing" hymn festivals at Westminster Abbey. Wilson edited many British hymnals, including the Clarendon Hymn Book (1936) , Hymns for Church and School (1964), and, most extensively, the Methodist Hymns and Psalms (1983). In addition he contributed his editorial expertise to a number of hymnal supplements and his encouragement to various modern hymn authors and composers. His own tunes have been published in a variety of British and American hymnals. Wilson was honored as a Fellow of the Hymn Society in the United States and Canada in 1985. --Psalter Hymnal Handbook


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Worship and Rejoice #133
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Instances (1 - 26 of 26)

A New Hymnal for Colleges and Schools #53


Ancient and Modern: hymns and songs for refreshing worship #265

Anglican Hymns Old and New (Rev. and Enl.) #746

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Baptist Hymnal 1991 #393

Catholic Book of Worship III #525

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Chalice Hymnal #257


Church Hymnary (4th ed.) #616


Church Hymnary (4th ed.) #626

Common Praise: A new edition of Hymns Ancient and Modern #198

Complete Anglican Hymns Old and New #661

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Gather Comprehensive #550


Hymns for Today's Church (2nd ed.) #245

Hymns of the Saints: Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints #214

Moravian Book of Worship #497

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Presbyterian Hymnal: hymns, psalms, and spiritual songs #433

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Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #278

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Rejoice in the Lord #380

Renew! Songs & Hymns for Blended Worship #95

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Renew! Songs & Hymns for Blended Worship #282

Singing the Faith #398

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Songs for Life #192

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The Worshiping Church #120


Together in Song: Australian hymn book II #414


Voices United: The Hymn and Worship Book of The United Church of Canada #582

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Worship (3rd ed.) #531

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Worship and Rejoice #133

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