SHARPTHORNE

Composer: Erik Routley

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Tune Information

Composer: Erik Routley (1968)
Meter: 12.12.12
Incipit: 12342 55642 11123
Key: d minor
Copyright: © 1969, Hope Publishing Co.

Notes

Erik Routley (PHH 31) composed SHARPTHORNE in 1968 to be published as a setting for Bayly's text in the British supplementary hymnal 100 Hymns for Today (1969). SHARPTHORNE is actually a revision of another Routley tune, TIES CROSS, which was the setting for Bayly's text in the 1951 Rejoice, O People. Routley said SHARPTHORNE is "a sort of paraphrase in the minor key" of TIES CROSS. Sharpthorne and Tyes Cross are both villages in Routley's native county of Sussex, England.

SHARPTHORNE is a rugged tune (one of Routley's best!) with several repeated motives and sequences; it fits well with the stern prophetic message as interpreted by Bayly. The tune is best sung in unison. One way to sing it is to have a choir or soloist sing the first two lines of each stanza and have everyone sing the refrain line, at which time the organ should thunder its support! An even more dramatic performance can be arranged as follows: a soloist can walk among the aisles of the church singing the prophet's lines in stanzas 1 through 3, a choir can sing stanza 4, and everyone can join in on stanza 5.

--Psalter Hymnal Handbook

Instances

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Common Praise (1998) #171
Hymnal 1982: according to the use of the Episcopal Church #605
Hymnal Supplement 1991 #811
Moravian Book of Worship #695
Presbyterian Hymnal: hymns, psalms, and spiritual songs #405
Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #293Text InfoTune InfoAudio
Rejoice in the Lord #176
The Covenant Hymnal: a worshipbook #718
The United Methodist Hymnal #441Audio
The United Methodist Hymnal #772
The Worshiping Church #571
Together in Song: Australian hymn book II #618
Worship (3rd ed.) #624
Worship (4th ed.) #748
Worship and Rejoice #686



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