REX GLORIAE (Smart)

Composer: Henry Thomas Smart

Henry Smart (b. Marylebone, London, England, 1813; d. Hampstead, London, 1879), a capable composer of church music who wrote some very fine hymn tunes (REGENT SQUARE, 354, is the best-known). Smart gave up a career in the legal profession for one in music. Although largely self taught, he became proficient in organ playing and composition, and he was a music teacher and critic. Organist in a number of London churches, including St. Luke's, Old Street (1844-1864), and St. Pancras (1864-1869), Smart was famous for his extemporiza­tions and for his accompaniment of congregational singing. He became completely blind at the age of fifty-two, but his remarkable memory enabled him to continue playing the organ. Fascinated by organs as a youth… Go to person page >

Tune Information

Title: REX GLORIAE (Smart)
Composer: Henry Thomas Smart (1868)
Meter: 8.7.8.7
Incipit: 15123 43251 23432
Key: A♭ Major/G Major
Copyright: Public Domain

Notes

Henry T. Smart (PHH 233) composed REX GLORIAE for this text; the hymn was published in the 1868 Appendix to Hymns Ancient and Modern. Stanley L. Osborne (PHH 395) suggests that Smart initially intended REX GLORIAE as a tune for children. Derived from the topic of Wordsworth's text, the tune's name means “King of Glory.”

A festive tune, REX GLORIAE is in rounded bar form (AABA). Sing in unison and use vigorous accompaniment bordering on marcato.

--Psalter Hymnal Handbook, 1988

Arrangements

Organ Solo

  • Hymn Prelude Library Volume Nine Tunes PQR: Lutheran Service Book
    Composer/Editor Kevin J. Hildebrand
    Published By: Concordia Publishing House (2016) pp. 78
  • Hymn Tune Innovations: Seven Settings for the Church Year
    Composer/Editor Benjamin M. Culli
    Published By: Concordia Publishing House (2015) pp. 8
  • Easy Organ Library Volume 55
    Composer/Editor Franklin Ritter
    Published By: Lorenz Publishing Company (2014) pp. 51
  • The Organist Volume 117 Number 2 May June 2013: The Service Music Companion for Church Organists
    Composer/Editors Douglas E. Wagner; Franklin Ritter
    Published By: Lorenz Publishing Company (2013) pp. 17
  • The Concordia Hymn Prelude Series Volume 36: General: Pl - R
    Composer/Editors Richard Hillert; Richard W. Gieseke
    Published By: Concordia Publishing House (1985) pp. 28
  • The Parish Organist Part Twelve: Thirty-five Preludes on Familiar Hymn Tunes
    Composer/Editors Willem Mudde; James Niblock
    Published By: Concordia Publishing House (1966) pp. 12
  • Ten Preludes on Hymn Tunes in Free Style: For Organ Opus 85
    Composer/Editor Camil van Hulse
    Published By: Carl Fischer, Inc. (1957) pp. 2
  • The Parish Organist Part Eight: Music for Easter, Ascension, Pentecost and Trinity
    Composer/Editors Erich Goldschmidt; Johann Jakob Froberger
    Published By: Concordia Publishing House (1956) pp. 51

Piano Solo

  • The Church Pianist Volume 14 Number 4 March April 1998: The Pianist's Companion for the Church Year
    Composer/Editors Hugh S. Livingston, Jr.; Terry Osman
    Published By: Lorenz Publishing Company (1998) pp. 22

Harmonizations, Introductions, Descants, Intonations

  • 200 Last Verses: Completely Revised to Complement the Keys in Major Hymn Books
    Composer/Editor Noel Rawsthorne
    Published By: Kevin Mayhew Ltd. (2009) pp. 135
  • Last Verse Extravaganza for Organ: 200 Fabulous Arrangements

    Published By: Kevin Mayhew Ltd. (2001) pp. 132
  • More Hymns for Occasions: One Hundred Special Arrangements
    Composer/Editor Colin Mawby
    Published By: Kevin Mayhew Ltd. (1997) pp. 69
  • After the Last Verse: 200 Hymn Improvisations
    Composer/Editor Malcolm Archer
    Published By: Kevin Mayhew Ltd. (1995) pp. 135
  • Free Harmonizations of Hymn Tunes: Volume II
    Composer/Editor D. DeWitt Wasson
    Published By: Hinshaw Music, Inc. (1986) pp. 64

Media

Christian Classics Ethereal Hymnary #1360
  • Four-part harmony, full-score (PDF, NWC)
The Cyber Hymnal #4027
Text: Lift the Strain of High Thanksgiving
  • Adobe Acrobat image (PDF)
  • Noteworthy Composer score (NWC)
  • XML score (XML)
Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #414
Text: See, the Conqueror Mounts in Triumph
  • Bulletin Score (melody only) (PDF)
  • Full Score (PDF, XML)
  • Bulletin Score (PDF)

Instances

Instances (1 - 22 of 22)
Text

Ancient and Modern #402

ScoreAudio

Christian Classics Ethereal Hymnary #1360

TextPage Scan

Christian Worship #174

TextPage Scan

Christian Worship #281

TextPage Scan

Common Praise (1998) #420

Page Scan

Common Praise #78

Page Scan

Common Praise #450

TextPage Scan

Complete Anglican Hymns Old and New #591

El Himnario #193

Hymns Ancient and Modern, New Standard Edition #88

Text

Lutheran Service Book #494

Text

Lutheran Service Book #583

Text

Lutheran Worship #343

Protestant Madagascar Hymnal, 2001 #151

Protestant Madagascar Hymnal, 2001 #240b

Text InfoTune InfoTextScoreAudioPage Scan

Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #414

TextPage Scan

Rejoice in the Lord #431

Audio

Small Church Music #1884

TextScore

The Cyber Hymnal #4027

TextPage Scan

The New English Hymnal #132

TextPage Scan

Trinity Psalter Hymnal #373

TextAudio

TTT-Himnaro Cigneta #170e

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