LAUDS (Wilson)

LAUDS (Wilson)

Composer: John Wilson (1967)
Published in 16 hymnals


Printable scores: MusicXML
Audio files: MIDI

Composer: John Wilson

John Whitridge Wilson (1905-1992) was born in Bournville, Birmingham, England. A graduate of Sussex College, Cambridge, he served as Director of Music at Charterhouse School from 1947 to 1965. He was then on the teaching staff of the Royal College of Music from 1965 to 1980. He claimed to be both an Anglican and a Methodist, and served as the treasurer of The Hymn Society of Great Britain and Ireland for some 40 years. He was the most influential church musician in England during the last half of the twentieth century, and a close friend and collaborator of hymn text writer, Fred Pratt Green. John contributed a chapter "Looking at Hymn-Tunes: The Objective Factors" to the Erik Routley festschrift Duty & Delight (1985) Code No. 782. All of h… Go to person page >

Tune Information

Composer: John Wilson (1967)
Meter: 7.7.8.7
Incipit: 56161 23325 31251
Copyright: © 1979, Hope Publishing Co.

Texts

There's a Spirit in the Air

Holy Spirit, Mighty God

Holy Spirit, mighty God,
tune our ears to hear the Word;
open our hearts, convert our lives;
mold us strong, sound; make us wise.

Go to text page...

Notes

Spritely and bright, LAUDS fits well with Seerveld's text. The melody features an effective tonal and rhythmic climax in the last phrase. Use light organ accompaniment to sing the tune in unison. Harmony singing works well too. Keep a dotted half note pu1se throughout. A descant by Wilson for this tune was also published in Hymns for Celebration and in the Agape (Hope Publishing Co.) Hymnal Supplement.

John W. Wilson (b. Bournville, Birmingham, England, 1905; d. Guildford, Surrey, England, 1992) composed LAUDS in 1967 to be published with James Montgomery's (PHH 72) text "Songs of Praise the Angels Sang" in the British Methodist supplemen¬tary hymnal Hymns and Songs (1969). The tune's name derives from the praise theme of that text. Ever since a 1972 hymn sing organized by the Royal School of Church Music, London, however, LAUDS has been associated with Brian A. Wren's (PHH 311) text "There's a Spirit in the Air." LAUDS was published with that text in the British collection Hymns for Celebration (1974). It was this latter combination that inspired Calvin Seerveld in 1983 to write another text about the Holy Spirit for this tune.

Wilson was a major force in the modern British "hymn explosion." After receiving an education in mathematics and physics at Cambridge University, he turned his attention to music and studied at the Royal College of Music in London. He was director of music at Charterhouse, a famous British school (1947-1965), and taught music at the Royal College of Music (1965-1980). Treasurer of the Hymn Society of Great Britain and Ireland from 1965 to 1990, he organized and directed the popular "Come and Sing" hymn festivals at Westminster Abbey. Wilson edited many British hymnals, including the Clarendon Hymn Book (1936) , Hymns for Church and School (1964), and, most extensively, the Methodist Hymns and Psalms (1983). In addition he contributed his editorial expertise to a number of hymnal supplements and his encouragement to various modern hymn authors and composers. His own tunes have been published in a variety of British and American hymnals. Wilson was honored as a Fellow of the Hymn Society in the United States and Canada in 1985.

--Psalter Hymnal Handbook

Media

Worship and Rejoice #133
Text: There's a Spirit in the Air
  • Full Score (XML)
  • Bulletin Score (melody only) (XML)
  • Bulletin Score (XML)

Instances

Instances (16)TextImageAudioScoreFlexscore
A New Hymnal for Colleges and School #53
Baptist Hymnal 1991 #393TextImage
Chalice Hymnal #257Text
Church Hymnary (4th ed.) #616Text
Church Hymnary (4th ed.) #626Text
Gather Comprehensive #550Text
Hymns for Today's Church (2nd ed.) #245
Presbyterian Hymnal: hymns, psalms, and spiritual songs #433TextImage
Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #278TextImageAudio
Rejoice in the Lord #380Text
Renew! #95TextImage
Renew! #282TextImage
Songs for Life #192Text
The Worshiping Church #120TextImage
Voices United: The Hymn and Worship Book of The United Church of Canada #582Text
Worship and Rejoice #133TextImageAudioScore