Tune Information

Incipit: 56111 11322 11355
Key: E♭ Major
Source: African-American spiritual; Calhoun melody


The tune BREAK BREAD TOGETHER, like the text, has been subject to variation. It became widely known after publication in The Second Book of Negro Spirituals (1926), compiled by the brothers James Weldon Johnson and Rosamond Johnson. The tune gained further popularity through a variety of choral arrangements; it can be found in many hymnals dating after 1955, when it was published in the American Presbyterian/Reformed Hymnbook. Dale Grotenhuis (PHH 4) harmonized the tune in 1984 for the Psalter Hymnal. Arranged without the call-and-response pattern that often characterizes African American spirituals, BREAK BREAD TOGETHER in the Psalter Hymnal takes the shape of a regular hymn, with part singing on the stanzas and refrain. If you like, however, sing stanzas 1 and 2 in unison and the refrain and stanza 3 in parts–a higher melody line for stanza 3 is published in The Hymnal 1982 (1985), a revision of the American Protestant Episcopal Hymnal 1940. In addition, try singing the entire song without accompaniment. --Psalter Hymnal Handbook, 1987


Baptist Hymnal 1991 #366
Text: Let Us Break Bread Together
  • Full Score (PDF)
  • Bulletin Score (melody only) (PDF)
  • Bulletin Score (PDF)
Christian Classics Ethereal Hymnary #252
  • Four-part harmony, full-score (PDF, NWC)
The Cyber Hymnal #3672
Text: Let Us Break Bread Together
  • Adobe Acrobat image (PDF)
  • Noteworthy Composer score (NWC)
  • XML score (XML)
Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #304
Text: Let Us Break Bread Together
  • Bulletin Score (melody only) (PDF)
  • Full Score (PDF, XML)
Sing Joyfully #265
Text: Let Us Break Bread Together


Instances (1 - 55 of 55)Text InfoTune InfoTextScoreFlexScoreAudioPage Scan
African American Heritage Hymnal #686TextPage Scan
Ambassador Hymnal: for Lutheran worship #285
Anglican Hymns Old and New (Rev. and Enl.) #431
Anglican Hymns Old and New (Rev. and Enl.) #433
Baptist Hymnal 1991 #366TextAudioPage Scan
Baptist Hymnal 2008 #399TextFlexscorePage Scan
Celebrating Grace Hymnal #461Text
Chalice Hymnal #425Text
Christian Classics Ethereal Hymnary #252ScoreAudio
Complete Anglican Hymns Old and New #387Text
Complete Anglican Hymns Old and New #388
Discipleship Ministries Collection #124Text
Evangelical Lutheran Worship #471TextFlexscorePage Scan
Gather Comprehensive #832TextPage Scan
Gather Comprehensive, Second Edition #832
Glory to God: the Presbyterian Hymnal #525Text InfoTextAudio
Hymnal 1982: according to the use of the Episcopal Church #325TextPage Scan
Hymnal: A Worship Book #453
Hymns and Psalms: a Methodist and ecumenical hymn book #615
Hymns for a Pilgrim People: a congregational hymnal #524Text
Hymns of Promise: a large print songbook #183Text
Hymns of the Saints: Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints #342
Les Chants du Pèlerin #49
Lift Every Voice and Sing II: an African American hymnal #152Text
Lift Up Your Hearts: psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs #837TextFlexscore
Mil Voces para Celebrar: Himnario Metodista #316
Oramos Cantando = We Pray In Song #762
Praise! Our Songs and Hymns #162
Presbyterian Hymnal: hymns, psalms, and spiritual songs #513Text
Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #304Text InfoTune InfoTextScoreAudio
Rejoice Hymns #333
Rejoice in the Lord #545TextPage Scan
Secular Hymnal: 144 hymn tunes made inclusive for all #133TextPage Scan
Seventh-day Adventist Hymnal #403
Sing and Rejoice!: new hymns for congregations #55
Sing Joyfully #265TextScoreFlexscoreAudioPage Scan
Singing the Faith #592
Small Church Music #93Audio
The Celebration Hymnal: songs and hymns for worship #460Text
The Covenant Hymnal: a worshipbook #572
The Cyber Hymnal #3672TextScore
The Hymnal for Worship and Celebration #323Text
The New Century Hymnal #330TextPage Scan
The New National Baptist Hymnal #488
The United Methodist Hymnal #618TextAudio
The Worshiping Church #776Text
This Far By Faith: an African American resource for worship #123Text
Together in Song: Australian hymn book II #511Text
Trinity Hymnal (Rev. ed.) #659TextPage Scan
Voices United: The Hymn and Worship Book of The United Church of Canada #480Text
Worship (3rd ed.) #727Text
Worship and Rejoice #699Text
Worship in Song: A Friends Hymnal #326
生命聖詩 - Hymns of Life, 1986 #234Text
찬송과 예배 = Chansong gwa yebae = Come, Let Us Worship: the Korean-English Presbyterian hymnal and service book #236
Include 14 pre-1979 instances
Suggestions or corrections? Contact us