Composer: Aubrey L. Butler (1971)
Published in 12 hymnals

Audio files: MIDI

Composer: Aubrey L. Butler

BUTLER, A. L. (Pete) (b. 1933): B.M., Oklahoma Baptist University. M.S.M. Southern Baptist Seminary, Louisville, KY. D.C.M. (Hon.), Southwest Baptist University, Bolivar, MO. Minister of Music, First Baptist Church, Ada, OK. Retired Professor of Church Music, Midwestern Baptist Seminary, Kansas City, MO. Published works include children's and adult anthems and hymn tunes. Member, ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers). A. L. Butler (from In Melody and Song, Darcey Press, 2014) Go to person page >

Tune Information

Composer: Aubrey L. Butler (1971)
Meter: D
Incipit: 11153 33155 51325
Key: F Major
Copyright: © 1971 Broadman Press


Aubrey Lee Butler (b. Noble, OK, 1933) composed MADILL to accompany Milburn Price's text "Stir Thy Church, 0 God, Our Father." Butler named the tune after Madill, Oklahoma, where he served as a minister of music at the First Baptist Church. MADILL first appeared in a pamphlet, New Hymns for This Day (1971). This unison tune requires clear articulation of the repeated notes in the melody and a rather forceful (or even strident) performance of stanzas 1 and 2, with a more stately performance for stanza 3. The accompaniment establishes the half note as the primary beat.

Butler, known as "Pete" by his friends, began his music career as minister of music in several Baptist congregations in Madill and Ada, Oklahoma. He was educated at Oklahoma Baptist University and Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, Kentucky. Since 1983 he has been a member of the faculty of Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Kansas City, Missouri. He also established that school's church music program. Butler has composed hymn tunes, cantatas, and numerous anthems, and served on the editorial committee for The Baptist Hymnal (1991).

--Psalter Hymnal Handbook



Harmonizations, Introductions, Descants, Intonations: Trombone Counter-melody

  • 61 Trombone Hymns & Counter-Melodies Volume 3
    Composer/Editor Douglas Smith
    Published By: Hope Publishing Company (1996) pp. 58-59

Harmonizations, Introductions, Descants, Intonations: Trumpet Descant

  • 61 Trumpet Hymns & Descants Volume 3
    Composer/Editor Douglas Smith
    Published By: Hope Publishing Company (1995) pp. 58-59

Organ Solo

  • PedalPoint Volume 5 Number 1 October November December 1985: Church Music and Study Helps for Pianists and Organists
    Composer/Editors Sharron Lyon; Sandra W. Jarrell
    Published By: The Sunday School Board of the Southern Baptist Convention (1985) pp. 12


Instances (1 - 7 of 7)

Baptist Hymnal 1991 #392

Celebrating Grace Hymnal #648


Celebrating Grace Hymnal #670

Christian Classics Ethereal Hymnary #269

Text InfoTune InfoAudio

Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #52

The Worshiping Church #718

Voices United #777

Include 5 pre-1979 instances
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