NATIVITY (Lahee)

NATIVITY (Lahee)

Composer: Henry Lahee (1855)
Published in 56 hymnals


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Composer: Henry Lahee

Born: April 11, 1826, Chelsea, London, England. Died: April 29, 1912, London, England. Lahee studied under John Goss and William Sterndale Bennett. He played the organ at several churches, including Holy Trinity Church, Brompton (1847-74). He won prizes for his compositions in Bristol, Manchester, Glasgow, and London, and set to music poems by Edgar Allen Poe ("The Bells"), Henry Wadsworth Longfellow ("Building of the Ship") and Alfred Tennyson ("Sleeping Beauty"). His works include: Metrical Psalter, with William Irons, 1855 Famous Singers of Today and Yesterday, 1898 One Hundred Hymn Tunes Sources: Frost, p. 680 CS Concordance, pp. 246-47 Nutter, p. 460 --www.hymntime.com/tch  Go to person page >

Tune Information

Composer: Henry Lahee (1855)
Meter: 8.6.8.6
Incipit: 33355 11321 66217
Key: B♭ Major

Notes

Henry Lahee (b. Chelsea, London, England, 1826; d. Croydon, London, 1912) composed NATIVITY, which was first published in 1855 and set to a nativity hymn (thus the tune's title), "High let us swell our tuneful notes," by Philip Doddridge (PsH 335). Because NATIVITY was published with Isaac Watts' (PsH 155) "Come let us join our cheerful songs" in the 1875 edition of Hymns Ancient and Modern, it has often been set to that text. NATIVITY is the only Lahee tune still in common use.

After studying music privately, Lahee became organist at several churches. His most prominent position was at Holy Trinity Church, Brompton, England, where he was organist from 1847-1874. While in that position he joined his vicar, W. J. Irons, in producing The Metrical Psalter (1855); NATIVITY was included in an appendix to that collection. A composer of cantatas and many madrigals and glees, Lahee also compiled One Hundred Hymn Tunes (1857) for use with a collection of hymn texts edited by Irons.

A cheerful tune, NATIVITY is distinguished both by its brevity and by its opening dramatic "rocket" figure. Sing in two long lines with stanzas 1 and 5 in unison and stanzas 24 in harmony. The fanfare-like opening and royal character of this psalm invite brass accompaniment.

For the final stanza, add the fine descant by Florence Mary Spencer Palmer ("Peggy"; b. Thornbury, Gloucestershire, England, 1900; d. Bristol, England, 1987) from the Anglican Hymn Book, 1965. Palmer studied piano and composition in her youth and later taught those disciplines, both privately and at various schools in the Bristol area. In addition to her many hymn tunes she composed music for piano, cello, and voice.

--Psalter Hymnal Handbook

Media

Christian Classics Ethereal Hymnary #126
  • Four-part harmony, full-score (PDF, NWC)
The Cyber Hymnal #596
Text: Behold My Servant! See Him Rise
  • Adobe Acrobat image (PDF)
  • Noteworthy Composer score (NWC)
  • XML score (XML)
The Cyber Hymnal #3354
Text: Jesus, Let All Thy Lovers Shine
  • Adobe Acrobat image (PDF)
  • Noteworthy Composer score (NWC)
  • XML score (XML)
The Cyber Hymnal #4645
Text: Now Shall My Solemn Vows Be Paid
  • Adobe Acrobat image (PDF)
  • Noteworthy Composer score (NWC)
  • XML score (XML)
The Cyber Hymnal #6136
Text: Sing We the Song
  • Adobe Acrobat image (PDF)
  • Noteworthy Composer score (NWC)
  • XML score (XML)
The Cyber Hymnal #7622
Text: Workman of God
  • Adobe Acrobat image (PDF)
  • Noteworthy Composer score (NWC)
  • XML score (XML)
The Cyber Hymnal #9649
Text: Blest Be The Everlasting God
  • PDF (PDF)
  • Noteworthy Composer Score (NWC)
Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #359
Text: Christ Is the King and He Shall Reign
  • Full Score (PDF, XML)
  • Bulletin Score (PDF)
  • Bulletin Score (melody only) (PDF)

Instances

Instances (1 - 20 of 20)Text InfoTune InfoTextScoreFlexScoreAudioPage Scan
Ancient and Modern: hymns and songs for refreshing worship #362Text
Anglican Hymns Old and New (Rev. and Enl.) #127
Christian Classics Ethereal Hymnary #126ScoreAudio
Common Praise (1998) #319TextPage Scan
Common Praise: A new edition of Hymns Ancient and Modern #401Page Scan
Complete Anglican Hymns Old and New #120TextPage Scan
Hymns and Psalms: a Methodist and ecumenical hymn book #810
Hymns and Psalms: a Methodist and ecumenical hymn book #821
Hymns for Today's Church (2nd ed.) #206Text
Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #359Text InfoTune InfoTextScoreAudioPage Scan
Singing the Faith #743
Small Church Music #541Audio
The Cyber Hymnal #596TextScoreAudio
The Cyber Hymnal #3354TextScoreAudio
The Cyber Hymnal #4645TextScoreAudio
The Cyber Hymnal #6136TextScoreAudio
The Cyber Hymnal #7622TextScoreAudio
The Cyber Hymnal #9649TextScoreAudio
The New English Hymnal #349TextPage Scan
Together in Song: Australian hymn book II #204
Include 36 pre-1979 instances



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