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Tune Information

Meter: 12.12 with refrain
Incipit: 33215 12332 11332
Key: e minor
Source: Israeli folk melody


Jabusch wrote his text to correspond to PROMISED ONE, an Israeli folk tune. Probably of Hasidic origin, PROMISED ONE was associated with the folk song "Gilu Hagalilim," brought by Zionist settlers to Israel after World War I. The Fireside Book of Folk Songs (1947) contains the tune with a different text but with the "Lift up your voices" phrase in its refrain. This joyful minor tune has the syncopated rhythm associated with the Jewish hora dance and derives its melodic phrases from variations of the first line. PROMISED ONE is an exciting tune intended to be sung with perpetual energy and without pauses between refrain and stanza and refrain. Sing in unison and try using a faster tempo for each succeeding stanza. Accompany with guitar, various percussion instruments, hand clapping and/or Orff instruments on the ostinati patterns or improvise similar patterns. Try adding a simple descant for the final two measures of the refrain by going up the scale as follows. B, C-sharp, D-sharp, E, E. John Ferguson (b. Cleveland, OH, 1941) prepared the setting for Advent services at the United Church of Christ, Kent, Ohio, in 1973. That setting was published the following year in the UCC's Hymnal, of which Ferguson was music editor. Known for his skill as a music clinician and for his organ concerts and improvisations, Ferguson has devoted much of his professional life to church music. He was educated at Oberlin College, Kent State University, and the Eastman School of Music, where he received a Doctor of Musical Arts in 1976. From 1965 to 1978 he was professor of music at Kent State University and organist and choirmaster at the United Church of Christ. He served as music director and organist at Central Lutheran Church in Minneapolis, Minnesota, from 1978 to 1983. Since 1983 Ferguson has been professor of church music and organ at St. Olaf College, Northfield, Minnesota. He has published numerous choral anthems and hymn arrangements for organ and issued various recordings of hymn festivals. His published works include A Musician's Guide to Church Music (1981) and Worship Blueprints: Guide to Planning Warship Music (1983). --Psalter Hymnal Handbook


Instances (1 - 33 of 33)Text InfoTune InfoTextScoreFlexScoreAudioPage Scan
Baptist Hymnal 1991 #127
Celebrating Grace Hymnal #177
Christian Worship: a Lutheran hymnal #363
Church Hymnary (4th ed.) #20
Common Praise (1998) #632
Gather (3rd ed.) #572
Gather Comprehensive #486
Gather Comprehensive, Second Edition #494
Glory to God: the Presbyterian Hymnal #364Text InfoAudio
Hymnal Supplement 1991 #727
Hymns for a Pilgrim People: a congregational hymnal #158
Lead Me, Guide Me (2nd ed.) #341
Lift Up Your Hearts: psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs #144Audio
Oramos Cantando = We Pray In Song #474
Presbyterian Hymnal: hymns, psalms, and spiritual songs #177
Psalms for All Seasons: a complete Psalter for worship #24E
Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #370Text InfoTune InfoScoreAudio
Renew! Songs & Hymns for Blended Worship #267
Sing and Rejoice!: new hymns for congregations #122
Sing the Faith #2091
Sing! A New Creation #15a
Small Church Music #2416Audio
Songs for Life #156
The Covenant Hymnal: a worshipbook #137
The Covenant Hymnal: a worshipbook #792
The Faith We Sing #2091
The Worshiping Church #134
Together in Song: Australian hymn book II #279
Trinity Hymnal (Rev. ed.) #240
Voices United: The Hymn and Worship Book of The United Church of Canada #750
Worship (3rd ed.) #501
Worship (4th ed.) #565
Worship and Rejoice #159
Include 2 pre-1979 instances
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