MCKEE

Arranger: H. T. Burleigh

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Tune Information

Arranger: H. T. Burleigh (1939)
Meter: 8.6.8.6
Incipit: 15555 77656 11511
Key: B♭ Major
Source: African-American

Notes

MC KEE has an interesting history. According to a letter from Charles V. Stanford (PHH 512) to Samuel Coleridge-Taylor (who arranged the tune for piano in his Twenty-Four Negro Melodies, 1905), MC KEE was originally an Irish tune taken to the United States and adapted by African American slaves. It became associated with the spiritual "I Know the Angels Done Changed My Name," which appeared in J. B. T. Marsh's The Story of the Jubilee Singers with their Songs (1876). Harry T. Burleigh (b. Erie, PA, 1866; d. Stamford, CT, 1949) arranged the tune to fit Dunkerley's text in 1939. As a setting for that text, the tune was published in The Hymnal 1940. Burleigh named the tune after Elmer M. Mc Kee, rector of St. George's Episcopal Church, New York, where Burleigh was the baritone soloist from 1894-1946. Burleigh began his musical career as a choirboy in St. Paul's Cathedral, Erie, Pennsylvania. He also studied at the National Conservatory of Music, New York City, where he was befriended by Anton Dvorak and, according to tradition, provided Dvorak with some African American musical themes that became part of Dvorak's New World Symphony. Burleigh composed at least two hundred works but is most remembered for his vocal solo arrangements of African American spirituals. In 1944 Burleigh Was honored as a Fellow of the Hymn Society in the United States and Canada. Sing stanzas 1, 2, and 5 in unison, the others in harmony. The instruction in The Hymnal 1940 for this tune is still helpful: sing this hymn "with dignity." --Psalter Hymnal Handbook

Media

Christian Classics Ethereal Hymnary #258
  • Four-part harmony, full-score (PDF, NWC)
The Cyber Hymnal #2465
Text: How Lovely Is Thy Dwelling Place
  • Adobe Acrobat image (PDF)
  • Noteworthy Composer score (NWC)
  • XML score (XML)
The Cyber Hymnal #3437
Text: John Saw the Heav'n and Earth Made New
  • Adobe Acrobat image (PDF)
  • Noteworthy Composer score (NWC)
  • XML score (XML)
Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #540
Text: In Christ There Is No East or West
  • Full Score (XML)
Worship and Rejoice #600
Text: In Christ There Is No East or West
  • Bulletin Score (XML)
  • Bulletin Score (melody only) (XML)
  • Full Score (XML)

Instances

Instances (1 - 66 of 66)Text InfoTune InfoTextScoreFlexScoreAudioPage Scan
African American Heritage Hymnal #399TextFlexscorePage Scan
Ancient and Modern: hymns and songs for refreshing worship #680Text
Catholic Book of Worship III #529
Celebrating Grace Hymnal #273Text
Christian Classics Ethereal Hymnary #258ScoreAudio
Christian Worship: a Lutheran hymnal #539Text
Church Hymnary (4th ed.) #624TextPage Scan
Common Praise (1998) #484
Evangelical Lutheran Worship #650TextFlexscore
Gather (3rd ed.) #738
Gather (3rd ed.) #832Page Scan
Gather Comprehensive #738TextFlexscorePage Scan
Gather Comprehensive, Second Edition #641Page Scan
Gather Comprehensive, Second Edition #726Page Scan
Glory to God: the Presbyterian Hymnal #317Text InfoTextFlexscoreAudioPage Scan
Glory to God: the Presbyterian Hymnal #766Text InfoFlexscoreAudioPage Scan
Hinário para o Culto Cristão #567
Hymnal 1982: according to the use of the Episcopal Church #529TextFlexscore
Hymns and Psalms: a Methodist and ecumenical hymn book #758a
Hymns for Today's Church (2nd ed.) #322
Hymns of the Saints: Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints #448
Lead Me, Guide Me (2nd ed.) #603
Lead Me, Guide Me (2nd ed.) #612
Lead Me, Guide Me (2nd ed.) #664Text
Lift Every Voice and Sing II: an African American hymnal #62
Lift Up Your Hearts: psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs #268FlexscoreAudio
Lutheran Service Book #541
Lutheran Service Book #653Text
Moravian Book of Worship #781TextPage Scan
Oramos Cantando = We Pray In Song #668FlexscorePage Scan
Praise! Our Songs and Hymns #509
Presbyterian Hymnal: hymns, psalms, and spiritual songs #440Text
Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #540Text InfoTune InfoTextScoreAudioPage Scan
Rejoice Hymns #630
Rejoice in the Lord #410TextPage Scan
Sampler: new hymns and liturgy #718
Seventh-day Adventist Hymnal #62
Sing and Rejoice!: new hymns for congregations #49
Singing Our Faith: a hymnal for young Catholics #169TextPage Scan
Singing the Faith #685b
Singing the New Testament #189
Small Church Music #2579Audio
The A.M.E. Zion Hymnal: official hymnal of the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church #230
The A.M.E. Zion Hymnal: official hymnal of the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church #231
The Covenant Hymnal: a worshipbook #596
The Covenant Hymnal: a worshipbook #776
The Cyber Hymnal #2465TextScoreAudio
The Cyber Hymnal #3437TextScoreAudio
The Hymnal for Worship and Celebration #547TextPage Scan
The New Century Hymnal #394Text
The United Methodist Hymnal #548TextAudio
The United Methodist Hymnal Music Supplement #231Text
The United Methodist Hymnal Music Supplement #232
The United Methodist Hymnal Music Supplement #233
The Worshiping Church #695Text
This Far By Faith: an African American resource for worship #214Text
Together in Song: Australian hymn book II #459aText
Trinity Hymnal (Rev. ed.) #11TextPage Scan
TTT-Himnaro Cigneta #124TextAudio
Voices United: The Hymn and Worship Book of The United Church of Canada #606TextAudioPage Scan
Worship (3rd ed.) #659Text
Worship (4th ed.) #722
Worship (4th ed.) #726
Worship (4th ed.) #824
Worship and Rejoice #600TextScoreAudioPage Scan
Worship and Rejoice #601TextPage Scan
Include 9 pre-1979 instances
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