CREEDAL SONG

Composer: Frank De Vries

Frank DeVries was born in 1929 in Langsa, Indonesia. He grew up in Holland, emigrated to Canada in 1952, and in 1953 married Celia, his childhood sweetheart. He and his wife are the parents of six children, two of which are deceased. After obtaining Royal Conservatory degrees in theory and harmony, Frank and his wife moved to Grand Rapids where Frank graduated from Calvin College in 1962. Upon their return to Canada Frank taught at Pacific Christian School in Victoria, BC, and was principal at the John Knox Christian School in Wyoming, Ontario and the Houston and Vancouver Christian Schools both in BC. The author of two short novels (God. Noun or Verb? in 2006 and Frans in 2008) he has contributed articles to many Christian magazines… Go to person page >

Harmonizer: Bertus Frederick Polman

Bert Polman served as chair of the Music Department at Calvin College and senior research fellow for the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship. Dr. Bert studied at Dordt College (BA 1968), the University of Minnesota (MA 1969, PhD in musicology 1981), and the Institute for Christian Studies. Dr. Bert was a longtime professor of music at Redeemer College in Ancaster, Ontario, and organist at Bethel Christian Reformed Church, Waterdown, Ontario. His teaching covers a wide range of courses in music theory, music history, music literature, and worship, and Canadian Native studies. His research specialty is Christian hymnody. He is also an organist, a frequent workshop leader at music and worship conferences, and contributor to journals such as… Go to person page >

Tune Information

Harmonizer: Bertus Frederick Polman (1975)
Composer: Frank De Vries (1972)
Meter: 8.6.8.6 D
Key: G Major
Copyright: Text and music © 1975, CRC Publications

Texts

In God the Father I Believe

In God the Father I believe,
almighty Lord of all,
who made the heavens and the earth:
his name be praised in awe.
And I believe in Jesus Christ,
the Father's only Son,
conceived by the Holy Ghost,
of virgin Mary born;
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Notes

Bert Polman (PHH 37) wrote the three-part harmonization for De Vries's CREEDAL SONG in Toronto, Canada, in 1975 (also published in the 1976 Psalter Hymnal Supplement). The tune gets its well-proportioned outline mainly from variations on the opening motive. Sing in unison throughout. Organists may want to play on two manuals with a sixteen-foot stop for the left hand.

--Psalter Hymnal Handbook

Instances

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