GONFALON ROYAL

Composer: Sir Percy Carter Buck

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Tune Information

Composer: Sir Percy Carter Buck (1918)
Meter: 8.8.8.8
Incipit: 56U14 3(2)3 1D66U 2D75
Key: G Major or modal
Copyright: Public Domain

Notes

Percy C. Buck (b. West Ham, Essex, England, 1871; d. Hindhead, Haslemere, Surrey, England, 1947), director of music at the well-known British boys' academy Harrow School, wrote GONFALON ROYAL for “The royal banners forward go” (gonfalon is an ancient Anglo-Norman word meaning banner). Buck published the tune in 1913 in his Fourteen Hymn Tunes.

Each stanza moves toward a rhythmically intense but inconclusive ending, propelling the singer on to the next stanza. The final ending is reserved for the "Amen," which appropriately concludes this sung prayer. Sing boldly in unison (the usual practice for the boys at Harrow School) with strong organ or piano accompaniment.

Buck studied at the Guildhall School of Music, the Royal College of Music, and Worcester College, Oxford, England, where he received his doctorate. An organist at Worcester College and at Wells and Bristol Cathedrals, he served as director of music at Harrow School from 1901-1927, taught at Dublin University, and then taught at the University of London until his retirement in 1937. He was also knighted that year. Buck wrote pedagogical books on the history and theory of music, on acoustics, and on the psychology of music. A composer of chamber music, anthems, and hymn tunes, he also edited The English Psalter (1925), The Oxford Song Book (1929), and The Oxford Nursery Song Book (1934).

--Psalter Hymnal Handbook, 1988

Instances

Instances (1 - 41 of 41)Text InfoTune InfoTextScoreFlexScoreAudioPage Scan
Ancient and Modern: hymns and songs for refreshing worship #25
Ancient and Modern: hymns and songs for refreshing worship #166b
Ancient and Modern: hymns and songs for refreshing worship #257Text
Church Hymnary (4th ed.) #184Text
Church Hymnary (4th ed.) #713
Church Hymnary (4th ed.) #810Text
Common Praise (1998) #187Text
Common Praise (1998) #245
Common Praise: A new edition of Hymns Ancient and Modern #6bText
Common Praise: A new edition of Hymns Ancient and Modern #122b
Glory to God: the Presbyterian Hymnal #304Text InfoTextFlexScoreAudioPage Scan
Hymnal 1982: according to the use of the Episcopal Church #86
Hymnal 1982: according to the use of the Episcopal Church #221
Hymnal 1982: according to the use of the Episcopal Church #234
Hymns and Psalms - 1983 #17a
Hymns and Psalms - 1983 #179
Hymns and Psalms - 1983 #211
Hymns for Today's Church (2nd ed.) #262b
Hymns for Today's Church (2nd ed.) #413bText
Hymns for Today's Church (2nd ed.) #513Text
Hymns Old and New (Rev. and Enl.) #729
Presbyterian Hymnal: hymns, psalms, and spiritual songs #216Text
Presbyterian Hymnal: hymns, psalms, and spiritual songs #235TextPage Scan
Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #324Text InfoTune InfoTextAudio
Rejoice in the Lord #132Text
Rejoice in the Lord #286TextPage Scan
Seventh-day Adventist Hymnal #41
Singing the Faith #669
Small Church Music #982Audio
Small Church Music #1108Audio
Small Church Music #3387Audio
Small Church Music #3499Audio
Small Church Music #3510Audio
The Covenant Hymnal: a worshipbook #189
The Cyber Hymnal #6150TextScoreAudio
The New Century Hymnal #221
The New English Hymnal #128b
The New English Hymnal #512
Together in Song: Australian hymn book II #332
Together in Song: Australian hymn book II #405
Worship: a hymnal and service book for Roman Catholics (3rd ed.) #532
Include 4 pre-1979 instances



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