MERTHYR TYDFIL

MERTHYR TYDFIL

Composer: Joseph Parry (1870)
Published in 17 hymnals


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Composer: Joseph Parry

Joseph Parry (21 May 1841 – 17 February 1903), was a Welsh composer and musician. Born in Merthyr Tydfil, Wales, he is best known as the composer of MYFANWY and ABERYSTWYTH (a hymn tune) used in Nkosi Sikelel' iAfrika the National anthem of South Africa. The cottage at 4 Chapel Row, Merthyr Tydfil, where Parry was born, is now open to the public as a museum. Parry's family emigrated to the United States in 1854, when he was 13, and he became an ironworker in Danville, Pennsylvania. There was a large Welsh community there and he became involved in strengthening Welsh culture locally. When, in 1865, he was admitted to the Gorsedd at the National Eisteddfod of Wales, he took the bardic name, "Pencerdd America". He became a Freemason in… Go to person page >

Tune Information

Composer: Joseph Parry (1870)
Meter: 8.8.8.8
Incipit: 51715 74512 32576
Key: g minor

Texts

Great God, what do I see and hear!

Great God, what do I see and hear!
The end of things created!
The Judge of mankind doth appear,
On clouds of glory seated!
The trumpet sounds; the graves restore
The dead which they contained before:
Prepare, my soul, to meet Him!

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Notes

Joseph Parry (PHH 18) composed MERTHYR TIDFIL (also called DIES IRAE), first published in Llyfr Tonau Cynulleidfaol Cenedlaethol Cymru (The Welsh National Book of Congregational Tunes), a collection of hymn tunes Parry compiled and published in several parts from 1887 to 1892. The tune is named after the town of Parry's birth and means "the martyr Tydfil." The similarities of lines 1, 2, and 4 find a fitting contrast and climax in line 3. The harmonization invites part singing, but the music must not be taken too slowly. --Psalter Hymnal Handbook

Media

The Cyber Hymnal #11388
Text: Should Famine O'er The Mourning Field
  • PDF (PDF)
  • Noteworthy Composer Score (NWC)
The Cyber Hymnal #11474
Text: Sinners, Obey The Gracious Call
  • PDF (PDF)
  • Noteworthy Composer Score (NWC)
Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #40
Text: I Waited Patiently for God
  • Bulletin Score (melody only) (PDF)
  • Full Score (PDF, XML)
  • Bulletin Score (PDF)

Instances

Instances (1 - 7 of 7)
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In Melody and Songs: hymns from the Psalm versions of Isaac Watts #95

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Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #40

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Rejoice in the Lord #338

Audio

Small Church Music #1959

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The Cyber Hymnal #11388

TextScoreAudio

The Cyber Hymnal #11474

Welsh and English Hymns and Anthems #43

Include 10 pre-1979 instances
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