MERTON (Monk)

Composer: William Henry Monk

William H. Monk (b. Brompton, London, England, 1823; d. London, 1889) is best known for his music editing of Hymns Ancient and Modern (1861, 1868; 1875, and 1889 editions). He also adapted music from plainsong and added accompaniments for Introits for Use Throughout the Year, a book issued with that famous hymnal. Beginning in his teenage years, Monk held a number of musical positions. He became choirmaster at King's College in London in 1847 and was organist and choirmaster at St. Matthias, Stoke Newington, from 1852 to 1889, where he was influenced by the Oxford Movement. At St. Matthias, Monk also began daily choral services with the choir leading the congregation in music chosen according to the church year, including psalms chanted to… Go to person page >

Tune Information

Title: MERTON (Monk)
Composer: William Henry Monk (1850)
Meter: 8.7.8.7
Incipit: 13554 66534 55665
Key: E♭ Major
Copyright: Public Domain

Notes

William H. Monk (b. Brompton, London, England, 1823; d. London, 1889) composed MERTON and published it in The Parish Choir (1850). The tune has been associated with this text since the 1861 edition of Hymns Ancient and Modern. The tune's title is thought to refer to Walter de Merton, founder of Merton College, Oxford, England.

Monk is best known for his music editing of Hymns Ancient and Modern (1861, 1868,; 1875, and 1889 editions). He also adapted music from plainsong and added accompaniments for Introits for Use Throughout the Year, a book issued with that famous hymnal. Beginning in his teenage years, Monk held a number of musical positions. He became choirmaster at King's College in London in 1847 and was organist and choirmaster at St. Matthias, Stoke Newington, from 1852 to 1889, where he was influenced by the Oxford Movement. At St. Matthias, Monk also began daily choral services with the choir leading the congregation in music chosen according to the church year, including psalms chanted to plainsong. He composed over fifty hymn tunes and edited The Scottish Hymnal (1872 edition) and Wordsworth's Hymns for the Holy Year (1862) as well as the periodical Parish Choir (1840-1851).

MERTON consists of two long lines. It has an attractive rising figure at the opening, and it features consistent quarter-note rhythms. Sing the inner stanzas in a subdued manner, rising on stanza 4 to prepare for the climactic doxology in stanza 5. The hymn is suitable for part singing, but sing stanza 5 in unison with a choir singing the descant; add trumpets if possible.

--Psalter Hymnal Handbook, 1988

Arrangements

Harmonizations, Introductions, Descants, Intonations

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    Published By: Self-published (2017) pp. LL
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    Composer/Editor June Nixon
    Published By: Kevin Mayhew Ltd. (2015) pp. 158
  • Thirty-Three Hymn Descants and Melodies for All Seasons
    Composer/Editor Patricia D. Backhaus
    Published By: Concordia Publishing House (2015) pp. 7
  • An Organist's Book of Hymns: The Liturgical Year: 3 Part Hymns and Chorale Preludes
    Composer/Editor Noel Jones
    Published By: Frog Music (2014) pp. 116
  • Hymn Tunes in Lower Keyes: The Book to Grab When the Congregation Complains that the Hymns are Too High!
    Published By: Kevin Mayhew Ltd. (2011) pp. 164
  • Hymn Tunes in Lower Keys: The Book to Grab When the Congregation Complains that the Hymns are Too High!
    Published By: Kevin Mayhew Ltd. (2011) pp. 164
  • Assist Me To Proclaim: Alternate Hymn Settings Volume 2
    Composer/Editor Henry V. Gerike
    Published By: Concordia Publishing House (2010) pp. 48
  • 200 Last Verses: Completely Revised to Complement the Keys in Major Hymn Books
    Composer/Editor Noel Rawsthorne
    Published By: Kevin Mayhew Ltd. (2009) pp. 99
  • Assist Me To Proclaim: Alternate Hymn Settings Volume 1
    Composer/Editor Henry V. Gerike
    Published By: Concordia Publishing House (2009) pp. 59
  • The Really Big Descant Book - Full Music Edition: 250 Settings to Raise the Roof by the World's Finest Church Music Composers
    Composer/Editor Christopher Gower
    Published By: Kevin Mayhew Ltd. (2009) pp. 133
  • Introductions and Alternate Accompaniments for Organ Volume 1: Evangelical Lutheran Worship, Hymns 239 - 303
    Composer/Editors Norma Aamodt-Nelson; Mark Weiler; Benjamin M. Culli
    Published By: Augsburg Fortress (2007) pp. 246
  • Introductions and Alternate Accompaniments for Organ Volume 6: Evangelical Lutheran Worship, Hymns 574 - 639
    Composer/Editors Norma Aamodt-Nelson; Mark Weiler; Valerie Shields
    Published By: Augsburg Fortress (2007) pp. 603
  • Introductions and Alternate Accompaniments for Piano Volume 1: Evangelical Lutheran Worship, Hymns 239 - 303
    Composer/Editors Norma Aamodt-Nelson; Mark Weiler; Aaron David Miller
    Published By: Augsburg Fortress (2007) pp. 246
  • Introductions and Alternate Accompaniments for Piano Volume 6: Evangelical Lutheran Worship, Hymns 574 - 639
    Composer/Editors Norma Aamodt-Nelson; Marissa Bauck; Gregory Hamilton
    Published By: Augsburg Fortress (2007) pp. 603
  • The Art of Hymn Playing 2nd edition: 250 Preludes Introductions Free Accompaniments & Alternate Harmonizations
    Composer/Editor Charles Callahan
    Published By: MorningStar Music Publishers, Inc. (2006) pp. 81
  • Two Hundred One Hymn Tune Prelude Miniatures
    Composer/Editor Mark Winchester
    Published By: Frog Music (2005) pp. 105
  • Restrained Last Verses: Varied Accompaniments for Popular Hymns
    Composer/Editor Martin Setchell
    Published By: Kevin Mayhew Ltd. (2003) pp. 82
  • 100 Alternative Hymn Tune Arrangements
    Composer/Editor Andrew Moore
    Published By: Kevin Mayhew Ltd. (2001) pp. 63
  • Last Verse Extravaganza for Organ: 200 Fabulous Arrangements
    Published By: Kevin Mayhew Ltd. (2001) pp. 96
  • Hymn Intonations Preludes & Free Harmonizations Volume XI: 25 Harmonizations and Descants
    Composer/Editor Craig Phillips
    Published By: Selah Publishing Company, Inc. (2000) pp. 12
  • The Ultimate Finishing Touch: Last-verse Arrangements of Well-loved Hymn Tunes
    Composer/Editor Harrison Oxley
    Published By: Kevin Mayhew Ltd. (2000) pp. 85
  • Final Flourishes: Hymn Tune Settings for Organ and Congregation
    Composer/Editor Antony Baldwin
    Published By: The Sacred Music Press (1997) pp. 25
  • More Hymns for Occasions: One Hundred Special Arrangements
    Composer/Editor Colin Mawby
    Published By: Kevin Mayhew Ltd. (1997) pp. 51
  • Easy Hymn Accompaniments for Organ or Piano: Set III
    Composer/Editor Edward H. Myer
    Published By: Concordia Publishing House (1996) pp. 51
  • Easy Hymn Settings Advent - Christmas
    Composer/Editor Michael A. Burkhardt
    Published By: MorningStar Music Publishers, Inc. (1996) pp. 10
  • Finishing Touch: One Hundred Last Verse Arrangements of Well-Known Hymn Tunes - New and Enlarged Edition
    Composer/Editor Harrison Oxley
    Published By: Kevin Mayhew Ltd. (1996) pp. 32
  • After the Last Verse: 200 Hymn Improvisations
    Composer/Editor Malcolm Archer
    Published By: Kevin Mayhew Ltd. (1995) pp. 99
  • The Descant Hymn-Tune Book Book II: A Collection of Well-Known Tunes
    Composer/Editor Geoffrey Shaw
    Published By: Novello and Company Limited (1995) pp. 16
  • Free Harmonizations of Hymn Tunes: Volume II
    Composer/Editor D. DeWitt Wasson
    Published By: Hinshaw Music, Inc. (1986) pp. 59
  • Hymns for Choirs
    Composer/Editor David Willcocks
    Published By: Oxford University Press (1976) pp. 21
  • Free Organ Accompaniments with Descants: New Settings of Twenty Well-Known Hymn Tunes
    Composer/Editor Dale Wood
    Published By: Augsburg Publishing House (1968) pp. 20
  • New Settings of Twenty Well-Known Hymn Tunes: Free Organ Accompaniments with Descants
    Composer/Editor Dale Wood
    Published By: Augsburg Publishing House (1968) pp. 20
  • Free Organ Accompaniments to One Hundred Well-known Hymn Tunes
    Composer/Editor T. Tertius Noble
    Published By: J. Fischer & Brothers (1946) pp. 4
  • Hymn Tunes with Varied Harmonies Book 8: For Pianoforte or Organ
    Composer/Editor Joseph E. Newell
    Published By: Edwin Ashdown, Limited (London) (1920) pp. 10

Organ Solo

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    Composer/Editors Carson P. Cooman; Robert C. Lau
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    Composer/Editors Kevin J. Hildebrand; James L. Brauer
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    Composer/Editor Gilbert M. Martin
    Published By: Lorenz Publishing Company (2015) pp. 44
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    Composer/Editors Rebecca Groom Te Velde; David Blackwell
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    Composer/Editors Douglas E. Wagner; Robert J. Powell
    Published By: Lorenz Publishing Company (2014) pp. 10
  • 150 Hymn Preludes Book 2 Hymn Tune L - W: Short and Playable Pieces in Keys to Match All Popular Hymn Books
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    Published By: Kevin Mayhew Ltd. (2010) pp. 337
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    Composer/Editor Paul W. Hofreiter
    Published By: Augsburg Fortress (2008) pp. 12
  • A Voice Is Sounding: Organ
    Composer/Editor Benjamin M. Culli
    Published By: Concordia Publishing House (2003) pp. 12
  • Hymn Preludes for the Church Year Book 1: Feasts and Festivals
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    Published By: Kevin Mayhew Ltd. (2001) pp. 18
  • Augsburg Organ Library Advent
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  • Organ Miniatures: 200 Short Improvisations on Familiar Hymn Tunes
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    Published By: Kevin Mayhew Ltd. (1999) pp. 101
  • Lord, Here Am I: A Collection of Organ Arrangements
    Composer/Editor Anna Laura Page
    Published By: Genevox Music Group (1997) pp. 30
  • 100 Hymn Preludes for Manuals
    Composer/Editor Malcolm Archer
    Published By: Kevin Mayhew Ltd. (1996) pp. 89
  • Easy Hymn Settings Advent - Christmas
    Composer/Editor Michael A. Burkhardt
    Published By: MorningStar Music Publishers, Inc. (1996) pp. 10
  • Nine Hymn-Tune Preludes: For Organ
    Composer/Editor Anita Denniston Bassett
    Published By: Ludwig Music Publishing Co. (1985) pp. 15
  • Eight Meditations on Advent and Christmas Hymns: For Organ
    Composer/Editor Peter Pindar Stearns
    Published By: Harold Flammer Music Publishers Incorporated (1983) pp. 10
  • Consoliere Volume 6 Number 4 October November December 1975: Practical and Distinctive Pieces for the Church Organist
    Composer/Editors Charles G. Frischmann; Edward G. Mead
    Published By: World Library Publications, Inc. (1975) pp. 13
  • Noel! Noel! Noel!: Christmas Music for the Organ
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    Published By: Lorenz Publishing Company (1974) pp. 34
  • The Sacred Organ Folio No. 6
    Composer/Editor Gilbert M. Martin
    Published By: Lorenz Publishing Company (1972) pp. 49
  • The Sacred Organ Journal Volume 7 Number 2 November 1972: A Bi-Monthly Anthology for Church Organists
    Composer/Editor Gilbert M. Martin
    Published By: Lorenz Publishing Company (1972) pp. 49
  • 113 Variations on Hymn Tunes for Organ
    Composer/Editor George Thalben-Ball
    Published By: Novello and Company Limited (1969) pp. 59
  • Twenty Hymn-Tune Preludes (Second Set): For Manuals Only, with Optional Pedal
    Composer/Editor Craig Sellar Lang
    Published By: Oxford University Press (1966) pp. 18
  • Hymntune Preludes for the Organ Volume 1: Advent Christmas Epiphany
    Composer/Editor G. Winston Cassler
    Published By: Augsburg Publishing House (1960) pp. 2
  • Songs of Syon Volume II: Improvisations for the Organ
    Composer/Editor J. Alfred Schehl
    Published By: J. Fischer & Brothers (1958) pp. 1

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