Composer: Joseph Parry (1870)
Published in 18 hymnals

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Composer: Joseph Parry

Joseph Parry (b. Merthyr Tydfil, Glamorganshire, Wales, 1841; d. Penarth, Glamorganshire, 1903) was born into a poor but musical family. Although he showed musical gifts at an early age, he was sent to work in the puddling furnaces of a steel mill at the age of nine. His family immigrated to a Welsh settlement in Danville, Pennsylvania in 1854, where Parry later started a music school. He traveled in the United States and in Wales, performing, studying, and composing music, and he won several Eisteddfodau (singing competition) prizes. Parry studied at the Royal Academy of Music and at Cambridge, where part of his tuition was paid by interested community people who were eager to encourage his talent. From 1873 to 1879 he was professor of mus… Go to person page >

Tune Information

Composer: Joseph Parry (1870)
Incipit: 51715 74512 32576
Key: g minor
Copyright: Public Domain


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



Harmonizations, Introductions, Descants, Intonations

  • 150 Last Verse Harmonies: For Use with the Hymn Books of the Baptist, Methodist, United Reformed and Other Free Churches
    Composer/Editor John Columba McCann
    Published By: Kevin Mayhew Ltd. (2007) pp. 83
  • The Faber Books of Descants: Harmony Edition
    Composer/Editor Leslie Russell
    Published By: Faber Music Limited (1969) pp. 14
  • Thirty New Settings of Familiar Hymn Tunes: Pipe Organ and Hammond Registration
    Composer/Editor Harald Rohlig
    Published By: Abingdon Press (1963) pp. 28


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 (PDF)
  • Bulletin Score (melody only) (PDF)
  • Full Score (PDF, XML)


Instances (1 - 8 of 8)
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In Melody and Songs #95

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Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #40

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Rejoice in the Lord #338

Singing the Living Tradition #174


Small Church Music #1959


The Cyber Hymnal #11388


The Cyber Hymnal #11474

Welsh and English Hymns and Anthems #43

Include 10 pre-1979 instances
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