BLAENWERN

BLAENWERN

Composer: William Penfro Rowlands (1905)
Published in 44 hymnals


Printable scores: PDF, Sibelius
Audio files: MIDI, Recording

Composer: William Penfro Rowlands

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Tune Information

Composer: William Penfro Rowlands (1905)
Meter: 8.7.8.7 D
Incipit: 55665 13321 76556
Key: F Major

Notes

Composed by William Penfro Rowlands (b. Maenclochog, Pembrokeshire, Wales, 1860; d. Swansea, Glamorganshire, Wales, 1937) during the Welsh revival of 1904-1905, BLAENWERN was published in Henry H. Jones's Cân a Moliant (1915). The tune's name refers to a farm in Pembroke shire where Rowlands convalesced in his youth.

A church musician of many talents, Rowlands was a teacher in several schools. He composed hymn tunes and anthems and was conductor of the famous Morriston United Choral Society of southern Wales and precentor of the Tabernacle Congregational Church in Morriston. BLAENWERN gained its current popularity through Billy Graham crusades when it was sung to "What a Friend We Have in Jesus" (579).

Play this majestic music with two broad beats per measure. Especially when sung with its fine harmonization, BLAENWERN gradually builds to a powerful climax at the end of phrase 3 and the beginning of phrase 4. Assign some stanzas for antiphonal singing in harmony, but have the entire group sing stanza 5 in unison, perhaps with a slightly slower tempo.

--Psalter Hymnal Handbook

Instances

Instances (35)TextImageAudioScoreFlexscore
Chalice Hymnal #690TextImage
Church Hymnary (4th ed.) #468TextImage
Church Hymnary (4th ed.) #702TextImage
Common Praise (1998) #447TextImage
Common Praise (1998) #486Image
Common Praise (1998) #601Image
Common Praise: A new edition of Hymns Ancient and Modern #301
Common Praise: A new edition of Hymns Ancient and Modern #516b
Evangelical Lutheran Worship #647TextImage
Hymns for Today's Church (2nd ed.) #217a
Hymns for Today's Church (2nd ed.) #373a
Hymns for Today's Church (2nd ed.) #570
Hymns Old and New (Rev. and Enl.) #241a
Hymns Old and New (Rev. and Enl.) #406
Hymns Old and New (Rev. and Enl.) #484
Hymns Old and New (Rev. and Enl.) #491b
Lift Up Your Hearts: psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs #519TextImageFlexscore
Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #132TextImageAudioScore
Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #416TextImageAudioScore
Rejoice in the Lord #115TextImage
Sing! A New Creation #58TextImageAudio
Singing the New Testament #232Text
The Christian Life Hymnal #41
The Covenant Hymnal: a worshipbook #279
The Covenant Hymnal: a worshipbook #715
The Worshiping Church #285TextImage
The Worshiping Church #325TextImage
Trinity Hymnal (Rev. ed.) #339TextImage
TTT-Himnaro Cigneta #30cTextAudio
TTT-Himnaro Cigneta #31TextAudio
Voices United: The Hymn and Worship Book of The United Church of Canada #389TextImage
Voices United: The Hymn and Worship Book of The United Church of Canada #514TextImage
Welsh and English Hymns and Anthems #75a
Welsh and English Hymns and Anthems #75b
Worship and Rejoice #671TextImageAudio



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