ST. BRIDE

Composer: Samuel Howard

Samuel Howard, Mus. Doc.; b. in England, 1710,; d. 1782 Evangelical Lutheran Hymnal, 1908 Go to person page >

Tune Information

Title: ST. BRIDE
Composer: Samuel Howard (1762)
Meter: 6.6.8.6
Incipit: 15132 13735 43543
Key: g minor
Copyright: Public Domain

Notes

Samuel Howard (b. London, England, 1710; d. London, 1782) composed ST. BRIDE as a setting for Psalm 130 in William Riley's London psalter, Parochial Harmony (1762). The melody originally began with "gathering" notes at the beginning of each phrase. The tune's title is a contraction of St. Bridget, the London church on Fleet Street where Howard was organist (the church was destroyed in an air raid in 1940).

Howard was a chorister in the Chapel Royal and later sang tenor in a chorus for Georg Friederich Handel. But his main career was as an organist: he held concurrent organist positions at St. Bride, Fleet Street (1736-1782), and St. Clement Dane, The Strand (1769-1782). A composer of many songs, cantatas, and theater music, Howard assisted William Boyce (PHH 553) in the compiling of Cathedral Music (1760-1773). His church music includes a number of anthems and hymn tunes.

Erik Routley (PHH 31) described ST. BRIDE as "one of the best short-meter tunes available" because of the "girder-like effect of the long downward scale contrasting with the arch-like shape of the other three phrases" (The Music of Christian Hymns, p. 71). The tune is constructed with a sensitive balance of melodic steps and leaps. Sing in harmony at a deliberate pace that permits consideration of the literary device in the text.

--Psalter Hymnal Handbook, 1988

Arrangements

Organ Solo

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    Composer/Editors Douglas E. Wagner; Richard A. Williamson
    Published By: Lorenz Publishing Company (2014) pp. 9
  • The Organ Portfolio Volume 31 Number 5 June 1968: A Bi-Monthly Magazine for Church Organists
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    Published By: Lorenz Publishing Company (1968) pp. 48
  • The Parish Organist Part Twelve: Thirty-five Preludes on Familiar Hymn Tunes
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    Published By: Concordia Publishing House (1966) pp. 16
  • 36 Short Preludes and Postludes on Well-known Hymn Tunes Set II
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  • Choral Preludes based on Famous Hymn Tunes Volume 1: Lent
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    Published By: Edwin Ashdown, Limited (London) (1953) pp. 17
  • Contemplative Hymn Tune Preludes: For Organ
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    Published By: Harold Flammer Music Publishers Incorporated (1953) pp. 6
  • 76 Offertories on Hymns & Chorales
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    Published By: Concordia Publishing House (1945) pp. 65

Harmonizations, Introductions, Descants, Intonations

  • 150 Last Verse Harmonies: For Use with the Hymn Books of the Baptist, Methodist, United Reformed and Other Free Churches
    Composer/Editor June Nixon
    Published By: Kevin Mayhew Ltd. (2007) pp. 109
  • Free Harmonizations of Hymn Tunes: Volume II
    Composer/Editor D. DeWitt Wasson
    Published By: Hinshaw Music, Inc. (1986) pp. 58
  • Free Harmonizations of Hymn Tunes: By Fifty American Composers
    Composer/Editor D. DeWitt Wasson
    Published By: Hinshaw Music, Inc. (1984) pp. 26
  • Hymn Tunes with Varied Harmonies Book 3: For Pianoforte or Organ
    Composer/Editor Joseph E. Newell
    Published By: Edwin Ashdown, Limited (London) (1920) pp. 8

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