Composer: Cyril Taylor (1951)
Published in 8 hymnals

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Composer: Cyril Taylor

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Tune Information

Composer: Cyril Taylor (1951)
Incipit: 33135 65321 13561
Key: C Major
Copyright: © 1978, Hope Publishing Co. All rights reserved. Used by permission


MINIVER is a strong tune that makes good use of several repeated melodic motives. Sing stanzas 1 and 5 in unison and stanzas 2 through 4 in parts. Support the melody line with a bright solo stop on the organ. Composed by Cyril V. Taylor (b. Wigan, Lancashire, England, 1907; d. Petersfield, England, 1992), MINIVER was published with Jan Struther's "Lord of All Hopefulness" (558) in the BBC Hymn Book (1951). The tune is named after Struther's novel Mrs. Miniver (1939). Taylor was a chorister at Magdalen College School, Oxford, and studied at Christ Church, Oxford, and Westcott House, Cambridge. Ordained a priest in the Church of England in 1932, he served the church as both pastor and musician. His positions included being a producer in the religious broadcasting department of the BBC (1939-1953), chaplain of the Royal School of Church Music (1953-1958), vicar of Cerne Abbas in Dorsetshire (1958-1969), and precentor of Salisbury Cathedral (1969-1975). He contributed twenty hymn tunes to the BBC Hymn Book (1951), which he edited, and other tunes to the Methodist Hymns and Psalms (1983). He also edited 100 Hymns for Today (1969) and More Hymns for Today (1980). Writer of the booklet Hymns for Today Discussed (1984), Taylor was chairman of the Hymn Society of Great Britain and Ireland from 1975 to 1980. --Psalter Hymnal Handbook


Instances (1 - 7 of 7)

Ancient and Modern #714

Church Hymnary (4th ed.) #166

Common Praise #508

Hymns and Psalms #351

Hymns and Psalms #552b

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Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #286


Small Church Music #6985

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