RANDOLPH (Williams)

Composer: Ralph Vaughan Williams

Through his composing, conducting, collecting, editing, and teaching, Ralph Vaughan Williams (b. Down Ampney, Gloucestershire, England, October 12, 1872; d. Westminster, London, England, August 26, 1958) became the chief figure in the realm of English music and church music in the first half of the twentieth century. His education included instruction at the Royal College of Music in London and Trinity College, Cambridge, as well as additional studies in Berlin and Paris. During World War I he served in the army medical corps in France. Vaughan Williams taught music at the Royal College of Music (1920-1940), conducted the Bach Choir in London (1920-1927), and directed the Leith Hill Music Festival in Dorking (1905-1953). A major influence i… Go to person page >

Tune Information

Title: RANDOLPH (Williams)
Composer: Ralph Vaughan Williams (1906)
Meter: 9.8.8.9
Incipit: 35654 32113 45567
Key: D Major
Copyright: Public Domain in the United States

Texts

God Be with You Till We Meet Again

God be with you till we meet again,
By His counsels guide, uphold you,
With His sheep securely fold you,
God be with you till we meet again.

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Notes

Though the gospel tune by Tomer has enjoyed popularity, its overly sentimental character prompted a search for alternatives. Ralph Vaughan Williams (b. Down Ampney, Gloucestershire, England, 1872; d. St. Marylebone, London, England, 1958) composed the distinguished tune RANDOLPH for Rankin's text. The tune was first published in The English Hymnal (1906). In it Vaughan Williams matched the repetition of the first and last textual phrases with a repeated musical phrase.

Though written for unison singing and best accompanied with clear organ sounds, several stanzas sing well in parts, possibly even without accompaniment. Or sing the first and final phrases in unison and the inner phrases in harmony. Because the first and last phrases are identical for each stanza, this hymn is very effective when two groups alternate between stanzas, perhaps even facing each other.

Through his composing, conducting, collecting, editing, and teaching, Vaughan Williams became the chief figure in the realm of English music and church music in the first half of the twentieth century. His education included instruction at the Royal College of Music in London and Trinity College, Cambridge, as well as additional studies in Berlin and Paris. During World War I he served in the army medical corps in France. Vaughan Williams taught music at the Royal College of Music (1920-1940), conducted the Bach Choir in London (1920-1927), and directed the Leith Hill Music Festival in Dorking (1905-1953). A major influence in his life was the English folk song. A knowledgeable collector of folk songs, he was also a member of the Folksong Society and a supporter of the English Folk Dance Society. Vaughan Williams wrote various articles and books, including National Music (1935), and composed numerous arrange¬ments of folk songs; many of his compositions show the impact of folk rhythms and melodic modes. His original compositions cover nearly all musical genres, from orchestral symphonies and concertos to choral works, from songs to operas, and from chamber music to music for films. Vaughan Williams's church music includes anthems; choral-orchestral works, such as Magnificat (1932), Dona Nobis Pacem (1936), and HodieThe English Hymnal(1906), and coeditor (with Martin Shaw) of Songs of Praise (1925, 1931) and the Oxford Book of Carols (1928).

--Psalter Hymnal Handbook

Arrangements

Piano Solo

  • The Church Pianist Volume 32 Number 5 May June 2016: The Pianist's Companion for the Church Year
    Composer/Editors Larry Shackley; Mark Hayes
    Published By: Lorenz Publishing Company (2016) pp. 31
  • The Church Pianist's Library Volume 14
    Composer/Editor Larry F. Pugh
    Published By: Lorenz Publishing Company (2014) pp. 30
  • Quiet Time Piano Volume Four Precious Memories: Simply Beautiful Arrangements for Private Moments of Inspiration & Relaxation
    Composer/Editor Dick Bolks
    Published By: Jolica Music (1995) pp. 56
  • 20 Piano Hymns Volume Two
    Composer/Editor Lari Goss
    Published By: Stamps-Baxter Music (1988) pp. 48
  • 20 Piano Hymns Volume Two
    Composer/Editor Lari Goss
    Published By: Stamps-Baxter Music (1988) pp. 45
  • Hymn Preludes Especially for Mormons: Solo Arrangements of Latter-day Saint Hymns for Piano
    Composer/Editor Dennis Crockett
    Published By: Sonos Music Resources Incorporated (1976) pp. 31
  • Gospel Cameos: A Set of Distinctive Piano Transcriptions
    Composer/Editor John W. Schaum
    Published By: Schaum Publications, Inc. (1968) pp. 22
  • Preludes to Faith Volume 2: Piano Solos
    Composer/Editor Kurt Kaiser
    Published By: Sacred Songs (1968) pp. 28
  • Sacred Piano Transcriptions
    Composer/Editor Chester Nordman
    Published By: Shattinger International Publications (1967) pp. 30
  • Concert Hymns: Transcriptions for Piano
    Composer/Editors Chester Nordman; Charles Hansen Education Music & Books
    Published By: Hansen Publications, Inc. (1959) pp. 6
  • Highlights of Familiar Hymns: In Transcriptions for Piano Solo
    Composer/Editor Georg Walter Anthony
    Published By: Theodore Presser Company (1959) pp. 60
  • Piano Transcriptions of Your Favorite Hymns
    Composer/Editor Spencer Parsons
    Published By: Theodore Presser Company (1958) pp. 22
  • World's Greatest Collection of Sacred Songs: 37 Big Hits
    Composer/Editor Homer Rodeheaver
    Published By: M. M. Cole Publishing Co. (1933) pp. 34

Organ Solo

  • I Sing the Almighty Power of God Vol III: Organ Voluntaries on the Hymn Tunes of Ralph Vaughan Williams
    Composer/Editors Robert Lind; Ralph Vaughan Williams
    Published By: Oxford University Press (2008) pp. 23
  • Interludes for Organ: Short Improvisations in All Keys
    Composer/Editor Dale Wood
    Published By: The Sacred Music Press (2000) pp. 31
  • Unending Comfort: A Fabric of Favorite Hymns Arranged for Organ
    Composer/Editor Tim Doran
    Published By: Lillenas Publishing Company (1994) pp. 39
  • Abide with Me: Organ Music for the Memorial Service
    Composer/Editor Keith Christopher
    Published By: Word Music Group, LLC (1991) pp. 39
  • Preludes, Meditations, and Quiet Postludes: For Organ
    Composer/Editor Robert Graham
    Published By: Columbia Lady Music, Inc. (1988) pp. 34
  • Gospel Hymn Settings
    Composer/Editor Wilbur C. Held
    Published By: Hinshaw Music, Inc. (1984) pp. 11
  • Hymn Variations: Joyce Jones
    Composer/Editor Joyce Jones
    Published By: Bradley Publications (1980) pp. 32
  • Organ Hymn Tunes No. 3: Preludes, Interludes, Voluntaries
    Composer/Editor George S. Schuler
    Published By: The Rodeheaver Hall-Mack Company (1966) pp. 29
  • Organ Hymnscriptions: Sacred Songs and Hymns Arranged for Pipe Organ and Hammond
    Composer/Editor Wilda Jackson Auld
    Published By: Lillenas Publishing Company (1959) pp. 30
  • Funeral Hymn Voluntaries
    Composer/Editor Emma Louise Ashford
    Published By: Lorenz Publishing Company (1950) pp. 25
  • Hymn Improvisations Revised: For All Organs
    Composer/Editor Virginia Carrington Thomas
    Published By: Hansen Publications, Inc. (1950) pp. 11
  • Lorenz's Organ Chimes Folio: Organ Settings for Festive Occasions
    Composer/Editor Ellen Jane Lorenz
    Published By: Lorenz Publishing Company (1947) pp. 63
  • Ashford's Hymn Voluntaries No. 1: A Collection of Organ Voluntaries Based on Familiar Hymn Tunes
    Composer/Editor Emma Louise Ashford
    Published By: Lorenz Publishing Company (1901) pp. 102

Piano and Organ Duet

  • Gospel Hymn Duets for Organ and Piano : Volume Four
    Composer/Editor Robert J. Hughes
    Published By: Lorenz Publishing Company (1982) pp. 38
  • Devotional Duets: 16 Hymns for Organ and Piano
    Composer/Editor Frank W. Asper
    Published By: Carl Fischer, Inc. (1964) pp. 11

Piano Duet+: Piano Duet One Piano

  • Sacred Music for Piano Duet
    Composer/Editor Robert D. Vandall
    Published By: Myklas Music Press (1990) pp. 14
  • Sacred Portraits: Intermediate Duet Arrangements
    Composer/Editor Dennis Alexander
    Published By: Alfred Music Publishing Company, Inc. (1990) pp. 8

Voices: Vocal Solo

  • Hymns: 150 Beloved Hymns Piano / Vocal /Guitar

    Published By: Hal Leonard Publishing Corporation (2008) pp. 88
  • Praise Him! With Song Hymns - Volume One: Refreshing Arrangements of Your Favorite Hymns for Solo Voice and Piano
    Composer/Editor Phillip Keveren
    Published By: Keveren Music Press (1998) pp. 51

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The United Methodist Hymnal #673
Text: God Be with You till We Meet Again
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