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

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 (XML)
  • Full Score (XML)
  • Bulletin Score (melody only) (XML)
Worship and Rejoice #571
Text: Christ, You Call Us All to Service
  • Bulletin Score (XML)
  • Full Score (XML)
  • Bulletin Score (melody only) (XML)

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Gather Comprehensive, Second Edition #603
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Hymns for Today's Church (2nd ed.) #181
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Psalms for All Seasons: a complete Psalter for worship #117EImage
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Songs of Grace: new hymns for God and neighbor #2bText
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Songs of Grace: new hymns for God and neighbor #22bText
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Songs of Grace: new hymns for God and neighbor #67Text
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Worship and Rejoice #423TextImageAudioScore
Worship and Rejoice #571TextImageAudioScore



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