TIDINGS

Composer: James Walch

James Walch was a musician and composer, born near Bolton in 1837. He spent his early life in the town and was organist in several churches there, including the parish church of St George’s. From 1870-1877, he was conductor for the Bolton Philharmonic Society. He also composed at least four published hymn tunes, the best known of which is called “Tidings”. Written in 1875, it’s usually used as the tune to a hymn called “O Zion Haste”. James Walch was a musical instrument dealer by trade, and moved to Barrow-in-Furness in 1877. He later moved to Llandudno Junction in North Wales, where he died in August 1901 and was buried locally. His wife later donated money to pay for the organs in two local churches, St Paul's Llandu… Go to person page >

Tune Information

Title: TIDINGS
Composer: James Walch (1875)
Meter: 11.10.11.10.9.11
Incipit: 13455 51322 11765
Key: B♭ Major
Copyright: Public Domain

Notes

James Walch (b. Edgerton, Lancashire, England, 1837; d. Llandudno, Caernarvon, Wales, 1901) composed TIDINGS in 1875 for Frederick W. Faber's hymn text "Hark, Hark, My Soul! Angelic Songs Are Swelling"; the tune was first published in The Hymnal Companion to the Book of Common Prayer (1877). TIDINGS is often associated with Mary A. Thomson's "O Zion, Haste, Thy Mission High Fulfilling"; in fact, the tune name derives from the word "tidings" in Thomson's refrain (see 525). TIDINGS is a fairly dramatic tune, a good match for Psalm 103. Sing in parts if you like, and add extra musical forces J for the refrain. Stanza 3 sings well without accompaniment.

Walch received a musical education from his father and from the famous organist and organ builder Henry Smart (PHH 233). He served as organist at Duke's Alley Congregational Church (1851-1857), Bridge Street Wesleyan Chapel (1858-1863), and St. George's Parish Church (1863-1877)-all in Bolton. He conducted for the Bolton Philharmonic Society from 1870 to 1877 and near the end of his life was a music dealer in Barrow-in-Furness. Walch composed a number of hymn tunes and other church music.

--Psalter Hymnal Handbook

Arrangements

Organ Solo

  • Easy Organ Library Volume 61
    Composer/Editor Matthew McConnell
    Published By: Lorenz Publishing Company (2016) pp. 51
  • The Organist Volume 120 Number 2 May June 2016: The Service Music Companion for the Church Organist
    Composer/Editors Carson P. Cooman; Matthew McConnell
    Published By: Lorenz Publishing Company (2016) pp. 17
  • I'll Praise My Maker: Joyous Hymns of Exaltation for Organ
    Composer/Editors James Southbridge; Lani Smith
    Published By: Lorenz Publishing Company (2009) pp. 40
  • Complete Gospel Preludes for Organ
    Composer/Editor William Bolcom
    Published By: Edward B. Marks Music Company (2006) pp. 76
  • Augsburg Organ Library Epiphany
    Composer/Editors Norma Aamodt-Nelson; Mark Sedio
    Published By: Augsburg Fortress (2001) pp. 5
  • PedalPoint Volume 20 Number 4 July August September 2001: Church Music and Study Helps for Pianists and Organists
    Composer/Editors Sharron Lyon; Joanne Brown LeDoux
    Published By: The Sunday School Board of the Southern Baptist Convention (2001) pp. 24
  • 12 Hymn Preludes: Settings by Kevin J. Sadowski
    Composer/Editor Kevin J. Sadowski
    Published By: Concordia Publishing House (1999) pp. 6
  • The Praises of Zion
    Composer/Editor Mark Sedio
    Published By: Concordia Publishing House (1998) pp. 3
  • Great Postludes for Organ: Majestic Celebrations of Worship
    Composer/Editor Dick Torrans
    Published By: Word Music Group, LLC (1996) pp. 24
  • William Bolcom Gospel Preludes: Book 4
    Composer/Editors William Bolcom; Marilyn Mason
    Published By: Hal Leonard Publishing Corporation (1994) pp. 13
  • Sunday Morning Favorites Volume 2: For Solo Organ
    Composer/Editor Harold H. DeCou
    Published By: Benson Music Group, Inc. (1992) pp. 25
  • The Organ Portfolio Volume 56 Number 1 September 1992: A Bi-Monthly Anthology for Church Organists
    Composer/Editors Dorothy Wells; Lani Smith
    Published By: Lorenz Publishing Company (1992) pp. 44
  • The Concordia Hymn Prelude Series Volume 20: General: Angelic - Bel
    Composer/Editors Herbert Gotsch; Donald Busarow
    Published By: Concordia Publishing House (1983) pp. 7
  • PedalPoint Volume 2 Number 1 October November December 1982: Church Music and Study Helps for Pianists and Organists
    Composer/Editors Sharron Lyon; Craig Phillips
    Published By: The Sunday School Board of the Southern Baptist Convention (1982) pp. 24
  • Hymns Arranged for Organ
    Composer/Editor Marvin Harlos
    Published By: Carl Fischer, Inc. (1970) pp. 12
  • The Organist Volume 70 Number 3 July 1966: A Bi-monthly Magazine for Church Organists
    Composer/Editors Roger C. Wilson; Robert J. Hughes
    Published By: Lorenz Publishing Company (1966) pp. 72
  • The Parish Organist Part Twelve: Thirty-five Preludes on Familiar Hymn Tunes
    Composer/Editors Willem Mudde; A. Loran Olsen
    Published By: Concordia Publishing House (1966) pp. 52
  • Sunday Morning Organist Volume Two
    Composer/Editor Harold H. DeCou
    Published By: Singspiration Music, Inc. (1964) pp. 52
  • The Sunday Morning Organist Volume Two: Thirty-five preludes, offertories, postludes based on Familiar Hymn Tunes for the Morning Worship Service
    Composer/Editor Harold H. DeCou
    Published By: Singspiration Music, Inc. (1964) pp. 52
  • Preludes on Well-Known Hymn Tunes (Volume One): For Organ with Hammond Registration
    Composer/Editor Samuel W. Shanko
    Published By: Broadman Press (1961) pp. 6

Piano Solo

  • The Church Pianist Volume 29 Number 1 September October 2012: The Pianist's Companion for the Church Year
    Composer/Editors Larry F. Pugh; Ruth Elaine Schram
    Published By: Lorenz Publishing Company (2012) pp. 8
  • The Complete Worship Suites: 18 Expressive Suites Arranged for Solo Piano Correlated with Scriptural Themes
    Composer/Editor Matt Hyzer
    Published By: Alfred Music Publishing Company, Inc. (2009) pp. 136
  • Sharing the Good News: Worship Suite for Advanced Solo Piano
    Composer/Editor Matt Hyzer
    Published By: Alfred Music Publishing Company, Inc. (2007) pp. 8
  • What Can I Play on Sunday? Book 1: January & February Services: 10 Easily Prepared Piano Arrangements
    Composer/Editor Cindy Berry
    Published By: Alfred Music Publishing Company, Inc. (2006) pp. 20
  • Living for Jesus: Advanced Piano Solos
    Composer/Editor Rebecca Bonham
    Published By: SoundForth (2001) pp. 20
  • Creative Keyboard's Complete Church Pianist: Hymn Arrangements for Every Occasion
    Composer/Editor Gail Smith
    Published By: Creative Keyboard Publications (2000) pp. 90
  • Hymnproviser 2 (Piano Series): Solos of Meditation & Worship
    Composer/Editors Shelly Hamilton; Faye Lopez
    Published By: Majesty Music, Inc. (1997) pp. 36
  • Hymn Contemplations for Pianists
    Composer/Editor J. Bruce Ashton
    Published By: J. Bruce Ashton (1996) pp. 21
  • Hymn Contemplations for Pianists Volume 1: Eight Varied Hymn Settings for General Use
    Composer/Editor J. Bruce Ashton
    Published By: J. Bruce Ashton (1996) pp. 21
  • Hymns Sunny-Side Up: Energetic Hymn Arrangements for The Sunday Morning Pianist
    Composer/Editor Dick Torrans
    Published By: Benson Music Group, Inc. (1994) pp. 49
  • The Church Pianist Volume 8 Number 6 July August 1992: The Pianist's Companion for the Church Year
    Composer/Editor Hugh S. Livingston, Jr.
    Published By: Lorenz Publishing Company (1992) pp. 10
  • The Church Pianist Volume 6 Number 6 July August 1990: The Pianist's Companion for the Church Year
    Composer/Editor Hugh S. Livingston, Jr.
    Published By: Lorenz Publishing Company (1990) pp. 3
  • Favorite Hymn Medleys: For Piano
    Composer/Editor Hugh S. Livingston, Jr.
    Published By: Lorenz Publishing Company (1989) pp. 28
  • Portraits of Praise: Arrangements for the Advanced Pianist
    Composer/Editor Roger House
    Published By: Lillenas Publishing Company (1986) pp. 14
  • The Piano Hymnal: 200 Favorite Hymn Arrangements
    Composer/Editor David Smither
    Published By: Trinity House Publishing, Inc. (1985) pp. 66
  • The Piano Hymnal: 200 Favorite Hymn Arrangements
    Composer/Editor David Smither
    Published By: Trinity House Publishing, Inc. (1985) pp. 66
  • Easy Piano Hymn Pieces: For Church and Sunday School
    Composer/Editors Rob Roy Peery; Roger C. Wilson
    Published By: Lorenz Publishing Company (1958) pp. 28
  • Piano Transcriptions of Your Favorite Hymns
    Composer/Editor Spencer Parsons
    Published By: Theodore Presser Company (1958) pp. 42
  • Piano Transcriptions Books 1 and 2 Combined: Familiar Hymns and Sacred Songs
    Composer/Editor Wilda Jackson Auld
    Published By: Lillenas Publishing Company (1957) pp. 29
  • Sacred Transcriptions for (the) Piano No. 3
    Composer/Editor Wilda Jackson Auld
    Published By: Lillenas Publishing Company (1952) pp. 34
  • Piano Arrangements of Great Hymn Tunes
    Composer/Editor Don Whitman
    Published By: Standard Publishing Company (1951) pp. 20

Harmonizations, Introductions, Descants, Intonations

  • 14 Organ Introductions & Verses
    Composer/Editor Richard Van Auken
    Published By: Frog Music (2013) pp. 36
  • Vocal Descants for 101 Noteworthy Hymns
    Composer/Editor Lorna Barker
    Published By: Church Publishing (2010) pp. 75
  • Introductions and Alternate Accompaniments for Organ Volume 7: Evangelical Lutheran Worship, Hymns 640 - 704
    Composer/Editors Norma Aamodt-Nelson; Mark Weiler
    Published By: Augsburg Fortress (2007) pp. 668
  • Introductions and Alternate Accompaniments for Piano Volume 7: Evangelical Lutheran Worship, Hymns 640 - 704
    Composer/Editors Norma Aamodt-Nelson; Mark Weiler
    Published By: Augsburg Fortress (2007) pp. 668
  • Join to Sing!: 18 Organ Introductions on Familiar Hymns
    Composer/Editor Albert L. Travis
    Published By: MorningStar Music Publishers, Inc. (2006) pp. 14
  • Two Hundred One Hymn Tune Prelude Miniatures
    Composer/Editor Mark Winchester
    Published By: Frog Music (2005) pp. 178
  • PedalPoint Volume 23 Number 1 October November December 2003: Church Music and Study Helps for Pianists and Organists
    Composer/Editors Sharron Lyon; Bart McNeely
    Published By: The Sunday School Board of the Southern Baptist Convention (2003) pp. 35
  • PedalPoint Summer 2001 Volume 20 Number 4: Church Music and Study Helps for Pianists and Organists
    Composer/Editors Sharron Lyon; Joanne Brown LeDoux
    Published By: The Sunday School Board of the Southern Baptist Convention (2001) pp. 24
  • Pull Out the Stops!: Congregational Song Accompaniments for Organ
    Composer/Editors Norma Aamodt-Nelson; Mark Weiler
    Published By: Augsburg Fortress (2001) pp. 19
  • Let It Rip! At the Piano 2: Congregational Song Accompaniments Volume 2
    Composer/Editors Norma Aamodt-Nelson; Eric Vollen
    Published By: Augsburg Fortress (2000) pp. 18
  • The Creative Use of Descants in Worship: The Creative Church Musician Series / Volume 3
    Composer/Editor Hal H. Hopson
    Published By: Hope Publishing Company (1999) pp. 101
  • The Baptist Hymnal Organ Supplement II
    Composer/Editor Sharron Lyon
    Published By: The Sunday School Board of the Southern Baptist Convention (1997) pp. 54
  • Thirty-Two Free Harmonizations of Familiar Hymns Volume II for Organ
    Composer/Editor Peter Pindar Stearns
    Published By: Harold Flammer Music Publishers Incorporated (1996) pp. 25
  • Music Supplement II: The United Methodist Hymnal: Alternate Harmonizations Edition
    Composer/Editor Robert C. Bennett
    Published By: Abingdon Press (1993) pp. 174
  • Keyboard Accompaniments and Conductor's Guide for The Worshipping Church: A Hymnal
    Composer/Editor Donald P. Hustad
    Published By: Hope Publishing Company (1991) pp. 45
  • Creative Hymn Introductions: Organ Intonations for 80 Well-Known Hymns
    Composer/Editor Gerhard Krapf
    Published By: The Sacred Music Press (1987) pp. 6
  • Hymn Variants for Organ
    Composer/Editor Jack C. Goode
    Published By: Harold Flammer Music Publishers Incorporated (1987) pp. 32
  • Variants on Hymn Tunes for Congregational Singing
    Composer/Editor Fred Bock
    Published By: Sacred Songs (1968) pp. 15
  • Variants on Hymntunes for Congregational Singing
    Composer/Editor Fred Bock
    Published By: Fred Bock Music Company (1968) pp. 14
  • Thirty-Four Hymn Descants
    Composer/Editor David McKinley Williams
    Published By: The H. W. Gray Company (1948) pp. 26

Piano and Organ Duet

  • Begin the Song of Praise!: Colorful Sacred Duets for Organ & Piano
    Composer/Editor Marilyn L. Thompson
    Published By: Lorenz Publishing Company (2015) pp. 28

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