Composer: Richard Dirksen (1974)
Published in 24 hymnals

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Composer: Richard Dirksen

Richard Wayne Dirksen (1921 - July 26, 2003) was an American musician and composer, who served as Organist and Choirmaster of the Washington National Cathedral in Washington, D.C., from 1977 to 1988. Previously he was Assistant Organist and Choirmaster from 1942 to 1964. In 1969, Dirksen was named the cathedral's precentor, giving him administrative oversight of all worship services until his retirement in 1991. Dirksen composed extensively, mostly choral and organ works, and his music continues to be regularly featured on broadcasts from the Cathedral. His 1974 opus, VINEYARD HAVEN, has been called "widely acclaimed as one of the finest hymn tunes of our day", by editors of hymnology. Dirksen was born in Freeport, Illinois, the eldes… Go to person page >

Tune Information

Composer: Richard Dirksen (1974)
Incipit: 13454 33423 456
Key: c minor
Copyright: Copyright © 1974, Harold Flammer, Inc., Delaware Water Gap, PA 18327. All Rights Reserved. Used with Permission.


Rejoice, Ye Pure in Heart

Rejoice, O pure in heart,
rejoice, give thanks, and sing;
your festal banner wave on high,
the cross of Christ your King.

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Lift Up Your Heads, O Gates

Come, ye that love the Lord


Richard Dirksen (PHH 148) composed VINEYARD HAVEN in 1974 for the text "Rejoice, Ye Pure in Heart" as a processional choral anthem for the installation of Presiding Bishop John Maury Allin at the Washington (D.C.) Cathedral, also known as the National Cathedral. The anthem includes various harmonizations for different stanzas and is scored for choir and organ with optional brass and timpani accompaniment. VINEYARD HAVEN was first published as a hymn tune in Ecumenical Praise (1977). Dirksen wrote that the quality of rejoicing was intended to foreshadow the raising of "such 'Hosannas' forever in [God's] presence and with the company of heaven in the life eternal." The tune is named after the town on the island of Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts, where the Very Reverend Francis B. Sayre, Jr., who was then Dean of Washington Cathedral, had his permanent home.

Erik Routley (PHH 31) once stated that it is "safe to call [VINEYARD HAVEN] one of the greatest twentieth-century hymn tunes." After related phrases rise sequentially in pitch, the tune reaches its peak in the "hosanna" refrain and at that point exhibits the melodic and harmonic surprises which, though initially difficult for a congregation, endear this tune to many Christians today. VINEYARD HAVEN requires full, bright organ registration. Sing this majestic tune in unison. To capture the question-and-answer character of the psalm text, the choir or part of the congregation may sing the question in the first line of stanzas 2 and 4, and everyone can sing the responses.

--Psalter Hymnal Handbook, 1988


Instances (1 - 22 of 22)Text InfoTune InfoTextScoreFlexScoreAudioPage Scan
Evangelical Lutheran Worship #874Text
Glory to God: the Presbyterian Hymnal #355Text InfoAudio
Hymnal 1982: according to the use of the Episcopal Church #392Text
Hymnal 1982: according to the use of the Episcopal Church #557Text
Hymnal Supplement 1991 #752Text
Hymnal Supplement 98 #804
Hymns for Today's Church (2nd ed.) #164a
Hymns of the Saints: Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints #301
Presbyterian Hymnal: hymns, psalms, and spiritual songs #146Text
Presbyterian Hymnal: hymns, psalms, and spiritual songs #206
Psalms for All Seasons: a complete Psalter for worship #24B
Psalms for All Seasons: a complete Psalter for worship #61C
Psalms for All Seasons: a complete Psalter for worship #80B
Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #163Text InfoTune InfoAudio
Rejoice in the Lord #575Text
The Covenant Hymnal: a worshipbook #497
The New Century Hymnal #71
The United Methodist Hymnal #161TextAudio
Together in Song: Australian hymn book II #528
With One Voice #631
Worship (3rd ed.) #481
Worship (3rd ed.) #552Text
Include 2 pre-1979 instances