SINE NOMINE

Composer: Ralph Vaughan Williams

Ralph Vaughan Williams; OM 12 October 1872 – 26 August 1958) was an English composer of symphonies, chamber music, opera, choral music, and film scores. He was also a collector of English folk music and song: this activity both influenced his editorial approach to the English Hymnal, beginning in 1904, in which he included many folk song arrangements set as hymn tunes, and also influenced several of his own original compositions. Ralph Vaughan Williams was born on 12 October 1872 in Down Ampney, Gloucestershire, where his father, the Reverend Arthur Vaughan Williams (the surname Vaughan Williams is an unhyphenated double-barrelled name of Welsh origin), was vicar. Following his father's death in 1875 he was taken by his mother, Margare… Go to person page >

Tune Information

Composer: Ralph Vaughan Williams (1906)
Meter: 10.10.10.4 with alleluias
Incipit: 53215 61253 32177
Key: F Major/G Major or modal

Notes

Ralph Vaughan Williams (PHH 316) composed SINE NOMINE for this text and published it in the English Hymnal in 1906. Vaughan Williams wrote two harmonizations¬–one for unison stanzas and one for choral stanzas. The tune's title means "without name" and follows the Renaissance tradition of naming certain compositions "Sine Nomine" if they were not settings for preexisting tunes.

Equipped with a "walking" bass, SINE NOMINE is a glorious marching tune for this great text. Many consider this tune to be among the finest of twentieth-century hymn tunes (it is, perhaps, the cathedral's equivalent to “When the Saints Go Marching In”). Allowing the "alleluia" phrase to enter before our expectation of it is a typical and very effective Vaughan Williams touch.

Sing the unison and harmony stanzas as given in the Psalter Hymnal. Try assigning the various stanzas to antiphonal groups: a "heavenly" ensemble for stanzas 1-2, an "earthly" ensemble for stanzas 3 and 5, and the entire congregation on stanzas 4, 6, and 7.

--Psalter Hymnal Handbook

Media

Christian Classics Ethereal Hymnary #43
  • Four-part harmony, full-score (PDF, NWC)
The Cyber Hymnal #1426
Text: For All the Saints
  • Adobe Acrobat image (PDF)
  • Noteworthy Composer score (NWC)
  • XML score (XML)
The United Methodist Hymnal #711
Text: For All the Saints
Worship and Rejoice #518
Text: Give Thanks for Life
  • Bulletin Score (melody only) (XML)
  • Full Score (XML)
  • Bulletin Score (XML)
Worship and Rejoice #529
Text: For All the Saints

Instances

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50 Uncommon Songs: for partakers of the common salvation #8TextPage Scan
African American Heritage Hymnal #339TextPage Scan
Ambassador Hymnal: for Lutheran worship #164
Ancient and Modern: hymns and songs for refreshing worship #296Text
Baptist Hymnal 1991 #229Audio
Baptist Hymnal 1991 #355TextAudioPage Scan
Baptist Hymnal 2008 #466
Baptist Hymnal 2008 #595TextFlexScorePage Scan
Catholic Book of Worship III #449
Celebrating Grace Hymnal #352
Celebrating Grace Hymnal #481Page Scan
Celebrating Grace Hymnal #567TextPage Scan
Chalice Hymnal #637TextPage Scan
Chalice Hymnal #649TextPage Scan
Chalice Hymnal #703Text
Christian Classics Ethereal Hymnary #43ScoreAudio
Christian Worship: a Lutheran hymnal #551TextPage Scan
Church Hymnary (4th ed.) #736TextPage Scan
Church Hymnary (4th ed.) #740TextPage Scan
Common Praise (1998) #276TextPage Scan
Common Praise (1998) #387Audio
Common Praise: A new edition of Hymns Ancient and Modern #232
Evangelical Lutheran Hymnary #554TextPage Scan
Evangelical Lutheran Worship #422Text
Gather (3rd ed.) #546Page Scan
Gather (3rd ed.) #884Page Scan
Gather Comprehensive #793TextPage Scan
Gather Comprehensive, Second Edition #469
Gather Comprehensive, Second Edition #791Page Scan
Glory to God: the Presbyterian Hymnal #295Text InfoFlexScoreAudioPage Scan
Glory to God: the Presbyterian Hymnal #326Text InfoTextFlexScoreAudioPage Scan
Hinário para o Culto Cristão #71
Hymnal 1982: according to the use of the Episcopal Church #287Text
Hymns and Psalms - 1983 #814
Hymns for a Pilgrim People: a congregational hymnal #490
Hymns for a Pilgrim People: a congregational hymnal #500
Hymns for Today's Church (2nd ed.) #567
Hymns Old and New (Rev. and Enl.) #190
Lead Me, Guide Me (2nd ed.) #321
Lead Me, Guide Me (2nd ed.) #728
Les Chants du Pèlerin #37
Lift Up Your Hearts: psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs #254TextFlexScoreAudioPage Scan
Lutheran Service Book #677TextFlexScorePage Scan
Lutheran Worship #191Text
Moravian Book of Worship #390TextPage Scan
Oramos Cantando = We Pray In Song #452Page Scan
Oramos Cantando = We Pray In Song #724
Praise! Our Songs and Hymns #477Page Scan
Presbyterian Hymnal: hymns, psalms, and spiritual songs #526Text
Psalms for All Seasons: a complete Psalter for worship #84D
Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #505Text InfoTune InfoTextAudio
Rejoice Hymns #605
Rejoice in the Lord #397TextPage Scan
Secular Hymnal: 144 hymn tunes made inclusive for all #112TextPage Scan
Seventh-day Adventist Hymnal #421
Sing Joyfully #548Text
Singing the Faith #745
Singing the New Testament #151
Small Church Music #55Audio
Small Church Music #260Audio
Small Church Music #1341Audio
Songs for Life #195Page Scan
The Celebration Hymnal: songs and hymns for worship #767TextPage Scan
The Covenant Hymnal: a worshipbook #555
The Covenant Hymnal: a worshipbook #767
The Cyber Hymnal #1426TextScoreAudio
The Hymnal for Worship and Celebration #546TextPage Scan
The New Century Hymnal #299TextPage Scan
The New English Hymnal #197
The United Methodist Hymnal #68bTextFlexScoreAudio
The United Methodist Hymnal #166
The United Methodist Hymnal #711TextScoreFlexScoreAudioPage Scan
The United Methodist Hymnal Music Supplement #314Page Scan
The United Methodist Hymnal Music Supplement #315Text
The United Methodist Hymnal Music Supplement #316
The United Methodist Hymnal Music Supplement #317Text
The United Methodist Hymnal Music Supplement #318
The Willard Hymnary #5
The Worshiping Church #751Text
Together in Song: Australian hymn book II #455
Trinity Hymnal (Rev. ed.) #358TextFlexScorePage Scan
Voices United: The Hymn and Worship Book of The United Church of Canada #327
Voices United: The Hymn and Worship Book of The United Church of Canada #420Page Scan
Voices United: The Hymn and Worship Book of The United Church of Canada #705TextPage Scan
Voices United: The Hymn and Worship Book of The United Church of Canada #706TextPage Scan
Voices United: The Hymn and Worship Book of The United Church of Canada #890Page Scan
Wonder, Love, and Praise: a supplement to the Hymnal 1982 #775Text
Wonder, Love, and Praise: a supplement to the Hymnal 1982 #880Text
Worship and Rejoice #518TextScoreAudioPage Scan
Worship and Rejoice #529TextScoreFlexScoreAudioPage Scan
Worship and Song #3158Page Scan
Worship in Song: A Friends Hymnal #255
Worship: a hymnal and service book for Roman Catholics (3rd ed.) #705Page Scan
生命聖詩 - Hymns of Life, 1986 #219
찬송과 예배 = Chansong gwa yebae = Come, Let Us Worship: the Korean-English Presbyterian hymnal and service book #388
Include 42 pre-1979 instances



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