IN BABILONE

Tune Information

Meter: 8.7.8.7 D
Incipit: 17651 21231 43232
Key: G Major or modal
Source: Dutch Traditional Melody, 1710; Oude en Nieuwe Hollantse...Contradanseu, Amsterdam, c. 1710

Notes

IN BABILONE is a traditional Dutch melody that appeared in Oude en Nieuwe Hollantse Boerenlities en Contradansen (Old and New Dutch Peasant Songs and Country Dances), c. 1710. Ralph Vaughan Williams (PHH 316) discovered this tune as arranged by Julius Rontgen (b. Leipzig, Germany, 1855; d. Utrecht, the Netherlands, 1932) and included it in The English Hymnal (1906), from which it gained widespread use. A rounded barform tune (AABA), IN BABILONE provides a fine setting for Psalm 117's cosmic scope. Because this song has only one stanza, use the tune as an alternate to other texts in 87 87 D so that congregations may sing it more often. Stretch the cadence a bit to catch a breath at the end of line 3 (ending in the word accord).

An important Dutch pianist, composer, conductor, scholar, and editor, Rontgen studied music in Leipzig with well-known German teachers. In 1877 he moved to Amsterdam, where he first taught at the Amsterdam Conservatory. In 1886 he became conductor of the Society for the Advancement of Musical Art. He returned to the Conservatory as director in 1918, and then retired in 1924 to devote himself to composition. He was a friend of leading composers of his day, including Liszt, Brahms, and Grieg, and wrote a biography of Grieg. Rontgen's compositions include symphonies, chamber works, operas, and film scores.

--Psalter Hymnal Handbook, 1988

Media

Christian Classics Ethereal Hymnary #879
  • Four-part harmony, full-score (PDF, NWC)
The Cyber Hymnal #2080
Text: God, We've Known Such Grief and Anger
  • Adobe Acrobat image (PDF)
  • Noteworthy Composer score (NWC)
  • XML score (XML)
The Cyber Hymnal #2545
Text: Hail, Thou Once Despisèd Jesus
  • Adobe Acrobat image (PDF)
  • Noteworthy Composer score (NWC)
  • XML score (XML)
Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #117
Text: Hallelujah, Hallelujah
The United Methodist Hymnal #325
Text: Hail, Thou Once Despised Jesus
Worship and Rejoice #423
Text: Surely It Is God Who Saves Me
  • Bulletin Score (melody only) (XML)
  • Full Score (XML)
  • Bulletin Score (XML)
Worship and Rejoice #571
Text: Christ, You Call Us All to Service
  • Bulletin Score (melody only) (XML)
  • Full Score (XML)
  • Bulletin Score (XML)

Instances

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Ambassador Hymnal: for Lutheran worship #490
Ancient and Modern: hymns and songs for refreshing worship #229Text
Catholic Book of Worship III #443
Catholic Book of Worship III #444
Catholic Book of Worship III #506
Catholic Book of Worship III #507
Celebrating Grace Hymnal #502
Celebrating Grace Hymnal #508
Celebrating Grace Hymnal #649TextPage Scan
Chalice Hymnal #14
Chalice Hymnal #356
Chalice Hymnal #740a
Christian Classics Ethereal Hymnary #879ScoreAudio
Christian Worship: a Lutheran hymnal #182
Christian Worship: a Lutheran hymnal #532TextPage Scan
Church Hymnary (4th ed.) #604
Common Praise (1998) #246Text
Common Praise (1998) #655
Common Praise: A new edition of Hymns Ancient and Modern #168
Community of Christ Sings #18
Evangelical Lutheran Hymnary #270Text
Evangelical Lutheran Worship #522TextPage Scan
Evangelical Lutheran Worship #582TextPage Scan
Evangelical Lutheran Worship #655TextPage Scan
Gather (3rd ed.) #644Page Scan
Gather (3rd ed.) #764
Gather Comprehensive #626TextPage Scan
Gather Comprehensive #681
Gather Comprehensive, Second Edition #603Page Scan
Gather Comprehensive, Second Edition #668
Glory to God: the Presbyterian Hymnal #435Text InfoTextFlexScoreAudioPage Scan
Hinário para o Culto Cristão #612
Hymnal 1982: according to the use of the Episcopal Church #215TextPage Scan
Hymnal 1982: according to the use of the Episcopal Church #495TextPage Scan
Hymns for a Pilgrim People: a congregational hymnal #31
Hymns for a Pilgrim People: a congregational hymnal #45
Hymns for Today's Church (2nd ed.) #181Text
Hymns of Truth & Light #66
Lead Me, Guide Me (2nd ed.) #511
Lift Up Your Hearts: psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs #131FlexScore
Lutheran Service Book #650Text
Lutheran Service Book #842Text
Moravian Book of Worship #495Text
Moravian Book of Worship #624
Moravian Book of Worship #648TextPage Scan
Oramos Cantando = We Pray In Song #546Page Scan
Oramos Cantando = We Pray In Song #642
Presbyterian Hymnal: hymns, psalms, and spiritual songs #298TextPage Scan
Psalms for All Seasons: a complete Psalter for worship #117ETextPage Scan
Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #117Text InfoTune InfoTextScoreAudioPage Scan
Rejoice in the Lord #333TextPage Scan
Sing! A New Creation #175AudioPage Scan
Small Church Music #1216Audio
Small Church Music #3496Audio
Small Church Music #3686Audio
Songs of Grace: new hymns for God and neighbor #2bText
Songs of Grace: new hymns for God and neighbor #14Text
Songs of Grace: new hymns for God and neighbor #22bText
Songs of Grace: new hymns for God and neighbor #59bText
Songs of Grace: new hymns for God and neighbor #65Text
Songs of Grace: new hymns for God and neighbor #67Text
The Christian Life Hymnal #199
The Christian Life Hymnal #201
The Covenant Hymnal: a worshipbook #205
The Covenant Hymnal: a worshipbook #614
The Cyber Hymnal #2080ScoreAudio
The Cyber Hymnal #2545TextScoreAudio
The New Century Hymnal #23TextPage Scan
The New Century Hymnal #558
The United Methodist Hymnal #121bTextFlexScore
The United Methodist Hymnal #325TextScoreFlexScoreAudioPage Scan
The United Methodist Hymnal Music Supplement #178
The United Methodist Hymnal Music Supplement #179
The Worshiping Church #289
Trinity Hymnal (Rev. ed.) #176TextPage Scan
TTT-Himnaro Cigneta #202bText InfoTextAudio
TTT-Himnaro Cigneta #563Audio
Worship and Rejoice #128
Worship and Rejoice #423TextScoreAudioPage Scan
Worship and Rejoice #571TextScoreAudioPage Scan
Worship: a hymnal and service book for Roman Catholics (3rd ed.) #595
Worship: a hymnal and service book for Roman Catholics (3rd ed.) #630
Worship: a hymnal and service book for Roman Catholics (3rd ed.) #718Page Scan
Include 36 pre-1979 instances



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