DIVINUM MYSTERIUM

Tune Information

Meter: 8.7.8.7.8.7.7
Incipit: 12343 23213 45653
Key: E♭ Major
Source: Plainsong melody, 12th-13th cent.
Copyright: Public Domain

Notes

DIVINUM MYSTERIUM is a plainsong, or chant, associated with the “Divinum mysterium” text in manuscripts dating from the twelfth to fifteenth centuries. The tune was published in triple meter in Theodoricis Petri's Piae Cantiones (1582). Some hymnals retain the dance-like triple meter, while others keep the original unmeasured form of the chant. (It is one of the few chants in the Psalter Hymnal.)

Strong wave shapes characterize DIVINUM MYSTERIUM. Sing in unison with the accompaniment preferably played on manuals only. Sing also in speech rhythms, with some freedom in phrasing and tempo–not in the block-chord style of regular meter singing (thus no metronome marking).

The accompaniment was composed by Charles Winfred Douglas (b. Oswego, NY, 1867; d. Santa Rosa, CA, 1944), an influential leader in Episcopalian liturgical and musical life. Educated at Syracuse University and St. Andrews Divinity School, Syracuse, New York, he moved to Colorado for his health. There he studied at St. Matthew's Hall, Denver, and founded the Mission of the Transfiguration in Evergreen (1897). Ordained a priest in the Episcopal Church in 1899, he also studied in France, Germany and England, where he spent time with the Benedictines of Solesmes on the Island of Wight (1903-1906). For much of his life Douglas served as director of music at the Community of St. Mary in Peekskill, New York, and had associations with cathedrals in Denver, Colorado, and Fond du Lac, Wisconsin. He promoted chanting and plainsong in the Episcopal Church through workshops and publications such as The American Psalter (1929), the Plainsong Psalter (1932), and the Monastic Diurnal (1932). His writings include program notes for the Denver Symphony Orchestra, various hymn preludes; organ, as well as the book, Church Music in History and Practice (1937). He was editor of both the Hymnal 1916 and its significant successor, Hymnal 1940, of the Episcopal Church. Douglas's other achievements include a thorough knowledge of the life and culture of Hopi and Navajo natives, among whom he lived for a number of years.

--Psalter Hymnal Handbook, 1987

Instances

Instances (1 - 68 of 68)Text InfoTune InfoTextScoreFlexScoreAudioPage Scan
A New Hymnal for Colleges and Schools #48
Ambassador Hymnal: for Lutheran worship #40
Ancient and Modern: hymns and songs for refreshing worship #80Text
Baptist Hymnal 1991 #251TextAudio
Catholic Book of Worship III #330
Celebrating Grace Hymnal #113Text
Chalice Hymnal #104Text
Christian Classics Ethereal Hymnary #62Tune InfoAudio
Christian Worship: a Lutheran hymnal #35Text
Church Hymnary (4th ed.) #319TextPage Scan
Common Praise (1998) #132Text
Common Praise: A new edition of Hymns Ancient and Modern #64
Common Praise: A new edition of Hymns Ancient and Modern #65
Community of Christ Sings #27
Evangelical Lutheran Hymnary #181
Evangelical Lutheran Worship #295TextPage Scan
Gather (3rd ed.) #427Page Scan
Gather Comprehensive #351TextPage Scan
Gather Comprehensive, Second Edition #374Page Scan
Glory to God: the Presbyterian Hymnal #108Text InfoTextAudio
Glory to God: the Presbyterian Hymnal #850Text InfoAudio
Hymnal 1982: according to the use of the Episcopal Church #82TextPage Scan
Hymns and Psalms - 1983 #79
Hymns for a Pilgrim People: a congregational hymnal #63
Hymns for Today's Church (2nd ed.) #10
Hymns for Today's Church (2nd ed.) #56
Hymns Old and New (Rev. and Enl.) #584
Lead Me, Guide Me (2nd ed.) #266
Les Chants du Pèlerin #149
Lift Up Your Hearts: psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs #38FlexScoreAudioPage Scan
Lift Up Your Hearts: psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs #54FlexScore
Lift Up Your Hearts: psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs #78TextFlexScoreAudio
Lutheran Service Book #384TextPage Scan
Lutheran Worship #36Text
Moravian Book of Worship #483Text
Oramos Cantando = We Pray In Song #383
Presbyterian Hymnal: hymns, psalms, and spiritual songs #309Text
Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #342Text InfoTune InfoTextScoreAudio
Rejoice in the Lord #190TextPage Scan
Rejoice in the Lord #191Page Scan
Renew! #157TextPage Scan
Renew! #252TextPage Scan
Seventh-day Adventist Hymnal #116
Sing Joyfully #193TextPage Scan
Singing the Faith #181
Small Church Music #559Audio
The Celebration Hymnal: songs and hymns for worship #240TextPage Scan
The Christian Life Hymnal #80Page Scan
The Christian Life Hymnal #86Page Scan
The Covenant Hymnal: a worshipbook #174
The Cyber Hymnal #4821TextScoreAudio
The Hymnal for Worship and Celebration #118TextPage Scan
The New Century Hymnal #118
The New English Hymnal #33
The United Methodist Hymnal #184Text
The United Methodist Hymnal Music Supplement #92
The Worshiping Church #145TextFlexScorePage Scan
The Worshiping Church #693TextPage Scan
Together in Song: Australian hymn book II #290
Trinity Hymnal (Rev. ed.) #162TextPage Scan
Voices United: The Hymn and Worship Book of The United Church of Canada #61Text
Voices United: The Hymn and Worship Book of The United Church of Canada #868bPage Scan
Worship and Rejoice #181TextScoreFlexScoreAudioPage Scan
Worship and Rejoice #673TextAudioPage Scan
Worship in Song: A Friends Hymnal #129
Worship: a hymnal and service book for Roman Catholics (3rd ed.) #398Page Scan
生命聖詩 - Hymns of Life, 1986 #17Text
찬송과 예배 = Chansong gwa yebae = Come, Let Us Worship: the Korean-English Presbyterian hymnal and service book #66
Include 34 pre-1979 instances



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