RANDOLPH (Williams)

RANDOLPH (Williams)

Composer: Ralph Vaughan Williams (1906)
Published in 33 hymnals

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Composer: Ralph Vaughan Williams

Ralph Vaughan Williams; OM 12 October 1872 – 26 August 1958) was an English composer of symphonies, chamber music, opera, choral music, and film scores. He was also a collector of English folk music and song: this activity both influenced his editorial approach to the English Hymnal, beginning in 1904, in which he included many folk song arrangements set as hymn tunes, and also influenced several of his own original compositions. Ralph Vaughan Williams was born on 12 October 1872 in Down Ampney, Gloucestershire, where his father, the Reverend Arthur Vaughan Williams (the surname Vaughan Williams is an unhyphenated double-barrelled name of Welsh origin), was vicar. Following his father's death in 1875 he was taken by his mother, Margare… Go to person page >

Tune Information

Composer: Ralph Vaughan Williams (1906)
Incipit: 35654 32113 45567 117
Key: D Major
Copyright: Public Domain in the United States


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.
Till we meet, till we meet,
Till we meet at Jesus’ feet;
Till we meet, till we meet,
God be with you till we meet again.

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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


Instances (1 - 22 of 22)Text InfoTune InfoTextScoreFlexScoreAudioPage Scan
Ancient and Modern: hymns and songs for refreshing worship #275Text
Ancient and Modern: hymns and songs for refreshing worship #480Text
Christian Worship: a Lutheran hymnal #328Text
Common Praise: A new edition of Hymns Ancient and Modern #440
Community of Christ Sings #664
Glory to God: the Presbyterian Hymnal #541Text InfoTextFlexscoreAudioPage Scan
Hymnal: A Worship Book #430
Hymns and Psalms: a Methodist and ecumenical hymn book #651
Hymns of the Saints: Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints #489
Lift Up Your Hearts: psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs #943TextFlexscoreAudioPage Scan
Moravian Book of Worship #824TextPage Scan
Presbyterian Hymnal: hymns, psalms, and spiritual songs #540Text
Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #316Text InfoTune InfoTextAudio
Seventh-day Adventist Hymnal #66
Small Church Music #3198Audio
The United Methodist Hymnal #673TextFlexscoreAudioPage Scan
The United Methodist Hymnal Music Supplement II #149Text
The Worshiping Church #839TextFlexscorePage Scan
Trinity Hymnal (Rev. ed.) #385TextFlexscorePage Scan
Voices United: The Hymn and Worship Book of The United Church of Canada #423Text
Wonder, Love, and Praise: a supplement to the Hymnal 1982 #801Text
찬송과 예배 = Chansong gwa yebae = Come, Let Us Worship: the Korean-English Presbyterian hymnal and service book #347
Include 11 pre-1979 instances