|Title:||ST. MATTHEW (Croft)|
|Composer:||William Croft (1708)|
|Incipit:||53513 21713 256|
|Source:||Supplement to the new Version of Psalms by Dr. Brady and Mr. Tate, 1708|
ST. MATTHEW was published in the Supplement to the New Version of Psalms by Dr. Brady and Mr. Tate (1708), where it was set to Psalm 33 and noted as a new tune. The editor of the Supplement, William Croft (PHH 149), may be the composer of ST. MATTHEW. One of the longer British psalm tunes, it has a fine mix of larger and stepwise intervals. It bears forceful or even jubilant singing with one broad beat per measure. If taken at a brisk tempo (c. dotted half = 50), consider holding the last note of every long phrase an extra measure to provide a breathing space between sentences.
--Psalter Hymnal Handbook, 1987