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Composer: Martin Shaw

Martin F. Shaw was educated at the Royal College of Music in London and was organist and choirmaster at St. Mary's, Primrose Hill (1908-1920), St. Martin's in the Fields (1920-1924), and the Eccleston Guild House (1924-1935). From 1935 to 1945 he served as music director for the diocese of Chelmsford. He established the Purcell Operatic Society and was a founder of the Plainsong and Medieval Society and what later became the Royal Society of Church Music. Author of The Principles of English Church Music Composition (1921), Shaw was a notable reformer of English church music. He worked with Percy Dearmer (his rector at St. Mary's in Primrose Hill); Ralph Vaughan Williams, and his brother Geoffrey Shaw in publishing hymnals such as Songs… Go to person page >

Tune Information

Title: PURPOSE (Shaw)
Composer: Martin Shaw
Meter: Irregular
Incipit: 12232 17573 21711
Key: f minor
Copyright: By permission of Oxford University Press


Harmonizations, Introductions, Descants, Intonations

  • 30 Creative Intonations: for Organ on familiar Hymn Tunes
    Composer/Editor Michael E. Young
    Published By: G. I. A. Publications, Inc. (1980) pp. 10


The Cyber Hymnal #1953
Text: God Is Working His Purpose Out
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Instances (1 - 22 of 22)

Christian Classics Ethereal Hymnary #509

El Himnario #399

Hinário para o Culto Cristão #494

Hymnal #638

Hymns of the Saints #324

Text InfoTune InfoTextAudio

Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #594


Rejoice in the Lord #425


RitualSong #486


RitualSong #646

Seventh-day Adventist Hymnal #225


Small Church Music #1968

The Covenant Hymnal #692


The Cyber Hymnal #1953


The Hymnal 1982 #534


The Worshiping Church #750


Trinity Hymnal (Rev. ed.) #74


Voices Together #770

Worship (3rd ed.) #362


Worship (3rd ed.) #507


Worship (4th ed.) #391


Worship (4th ed.) #862


Worship and Rejoice #564

Include 10 pre-1979 instances
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