WOODLANDS

Composer: Walter Greatorex

Walter Greatorex (30 March 1877 – 29 December 1949) was an English composer and musician. He is probably best remembered for his hymn tune Woodlands which has been used with hymns such as Henry Montagu Butler's "Lift Up Your Hearts!" and Timothy Dudley-Smith's "Tell Out, my Soul." Born in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, the son of a bank manager, from 1888 to 1893 Greatorex was a boy chorister at King's College, Cambridge. He was then educated at Derby School and St John's College, Cambridge. Lift up your hearts to his music became the school hymn of Derby School. In 1900, he was appointed an assistant music master at Uppingham School. In 1911, he became Director of Music at Gresham's School, Holt, succeeding his fellow Old Derbeian Geo… Go to person page >

Tune Information

Composer: Walter Greatorex (1919)
Meter: 10.10.10.10
Incipit: 55515 63452 3
Key: D Major
Copyright: Public Domain in United States

Notes

WOODLANDS is a perfect match for the bold text. Walter Greatorex (b. Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, England, 1877; d. Bournemouth, Hampshire, England, 1949) composed this tune in 1916, and it was published in the Public School Hymn Book in 1919. The tune's title refers to one of the schoolhouses at Gresham's School, Holt, Norfolk, where Greatorex was director of music from 1911-1936. Before that he served as assistant music master at Uppingham School in Rutland (1900-1910). Greatorex's musical education began as a chorister at King's College, Cambridge, England, and he received his university music training at St. John's College, Cambridge.

A dramatic tune, WOODLANDS is marked by irresistible melodic gestures and by the "breathless" cadence of line 2, which propels us forward into line 3. The alternate harmonization provided is his original; use that for stanza 4. Sing in strong unison throughout with a full organ and brass for festive services. Try having the full choir sing up an octave for the final two measures of stanzas 3 and 4.

--Psalter Hymnal Handbook, 1987

Instances

Instances (1 - 64 of 64)Text InfoTune InfoTextScoreFlexScoreAudioPage Scan
A New Hymnal for Colleges and Schools #40
Ancient and Modern: hymns and songs for refreshing worship #394Text
Ancient and Modern: hymns and songs for refreshing worship #568
Ancient and Modern: hymns and songs for refreshing worship #708Text
Ancient and Modern: hymns and songs for refreshing worship #771Text
Anglican Hymns Old and New (Rev. and Enl.) #439
Anglican Hymns Old and New (Rev. and Enl.) #692
Anglican Hymns Old and New (Rev. and Enl.) #797
Baptist Hymnal 1991 #81TextAudioPage Scan
Catholic Book of Worship III #574
Catholic Book of Worship III #575
Celebrating Grace Hymnal #94TextPage Scan
Church Hymnary (4th ed.) #286Text
Church Hymnary (4th ed.) #518Text
Church Hymnary (4th ed.) #622Text
Common Praise (1998) #362Text
Common Praise: A new edition of Hymns Ancient and Modern #362
Common Praise: A new edition of Hymns Ancient and Modern #500a
Complete Anglican Hymns Old and New #395Text
Complete Anglican Hymns Old and New #631
Complete Anglican Hymns Old and New #715
Evangelical Lutheran Worship #390
Glory to God: the Presbyterian Hymnal #257Text InfoAudio
Hymnal 1982: according to the use of the Episcopal Church #438Text
Hymnal Supplement 1991 #818Text
Hymnal Supplement 98 #909Text
Hymnal Supplement II #56
Hymns and Psalms: a Methodist and ecumenical hymn book #86
Hymns and Psalms: a Methodist and ecumenical hymn book #405
Hymns for Today's Church (2nd ed.) #42a
Hymns for Today's Church (2nd ed.) #357
Hymns for Today's Church (2nd ed.) #366aText
Lift Up Your Hearts: psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs #364TextFlexscoreAudioPage Scan
Lutheran Service Book #838
Lutheran Service Book #935TextPage Scan
Lutheran Service Book #946
Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #478Text InfoTune InfoTextAudio
Rejoice in the Lord #171
Rejoice in the Lord #182TextPage Scan
Renew! #130Text
Sing Joyfully #20TextPage Scan
Sing! A New Creation #127Audio
Singing the Faith #186
Small Church Music #280Audio
Small Church Music #406Audio
The Covenant Hymnal: a worshipbook #30
The Cyber Hymnal #1263TextScoreAudio
The Cyber Hymnal #3751TextScoreAudio
The Cyber Hymnal #6861TextScoreAudio
The Hymnal for Worship and Celebration #27Text
The New Century Hymnal #38
The New English Hymnal #186
The New English Hymnal #395
The United Methodist Hymnal #200TextFlexscoreAudio
The United Methodist Hymnal Music Supplement II #201
The Worshiping Church #350Text
Together in Song: Australian hymn book II #161
Together in Song: Australian hymn book II #411
Trinity Hymnal (Rev. ed.) #26TextPage Scan
Voices United: The Hymn and Worship Book of The United Church of Canada #168
With One Voice #787
Worship (3rd ed.) #534Page Scan
Worship and Rejoice #41TextScoreAudioPage Scan
生命聖詩 - Hymns of Life, 1986 #15
Include 8 pre-1979 instances



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