MANCHESTER (Ravenscroft)Composer: Thomas Ravenscroft (1621)
Published in 4 hymnals
Printable scores: PDF, Sibelius
Audio files: MIDI
|Composer:||Thomas Ravenscroft (1621)|
|Incipit:||13453 46557 3543|
Protect and save me, O my God,
From foes that seek my life;
And set me high, secure, above
The rising tide of strife.
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MANCHESTER (also known as ELY; both names refer to British cities) is from the musical edition of The Whole Book of Psalms (1621) by Thomas Ravenscroft (b. England, c. 1582; d. England, c. 1635). Ravenscroft was a chorister as well as a participant in a theater company of child actors at St. Paul's Cathedral in London (1598). He graduated from Cambridge University with a music degree in 1605 and served as music master at Christ's Hospital from 1618 to 1622.
A composer of many songs for stage productions, Ravenscroft also published a number of works, of which the best known is The Whole Book of Psalms, with the Hymnes Evangelical and Songs Spiritual, composed into four parts by sundry Authors, to such several Tunes as have been and are usually sung in England, Scotland, Wales, Germany, Italy, France, and the Netherlands, never as yet in one volume published (1621). This psalter, with the tunes in the tenor, contains 105 settings (forty-eight by Ravenscroft) and was one of the earliest publications to list the composers' names as well as the tune names.
Emily R. Brink (PHH 158) harmonized the tune in 1985. MANCHESTER reveals the rhythmic vitality once present in British psalm tunes (partly as a result of Genevan influence). Think two beats per measure.
--Psalter Hymnal Handbook
|Instances (2)||First Line||Text Title||Refrain First Line||Authors||Composers||Meter||Scripture||Tune Title||Tune Key||Incipit||Languages||Publication Date|
|Hymnal 1982: according to the use of the Episcopal Church #364||O God, we praise thee, and confess||Thomas Ravenscroft, 1592?-1635?||126.96.36.199||MANCHESTER||G Major or modal||English||1985|
|Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #59||Protect and save me, O my God||Protect and Save, Me, O My God||Emily Brink; Thomas Ravenscroft||188.8.131.52||Psalm 59||MANCHESTER||e minor||English||1987|