ST. BRIDE

ST. BRIDE

Composer: Samuel Howard (1762)
Published in 85 hymnals


Printable scores: PDF, Sibelius
Audio files: MIDI, Recording

Composer: Samuel Howard

Samuel Howard, Mus. Doc.; b. in England, 1710,; d. 1782 Evangelical Lutheran Hymnal, 1908 Go to person page >

Tune Information

Composer: Samuel Howard (1762)
Meter: 6.6.8.6
Incipit: 15132 13735 43543
Key: g minor

Notes

Samuel Howard (b. London, England, 1710; d. London, 1782) composed ST. BRIDE as a setting for Psalm 130 in William Riley's London psalter, Parochial Harmony (1762). The melody originally began with "gathering" notes at the beginning of each phrase. The tune's title is a contraction of St. Bridget, the London church on Fleet Street where Howard was organist (the church was destroyed in an air raid in 1940).

Howard was a chorister in the Chapel Royal and later sang tenor in a chorus for Georg Friederich Handel. But his main career was as an organist: he held concurrent organist positions at St. Bride, Fleet Street (1736-1782), and St. Clement Dane, The Strand (1769-1782). A composer of many songs, cantatas, and theater music, Howard assisted William Boyce (PHH 553) in the compiling of Cathedral Music (1760-1773). His church music includes a number of anthems and hymn tunes.

Erik Routley (PHH 31) described ST. BRIDE as "one of the best short-meter tunes available" because of the "girder-like effect of the long downward scale contrasting with the arch-like shape of the other three phrases" (The Music of Christian Hymns, p. 71). The tune is constructed with a sensitive balance of melodic steps and leaps. Sing in harmony at a deliberate pace that permits consideration of the literary device in the text.

--Psalter Hymnal Handbook

Media

Christian Classics Ethereal Hymnary #410
  • Four-part harmony, full-score (PDF, NWC)
The Cyber Hymnal #339
Text: And Wilt Thou Pardon, Lord?
  • Adobe Acrobat image (PDF)
  • Noteworthy Composer score (NWC)
  • XML score (XML)
The Cyber Hymnal #913
Text: Come, Lord, and Tarry Not
  • Adobe Acrobat image (PDF)
  • Noteworthy Composer score (NWC)
  • XML score (XML)
The Cyber Hymnal #1509
Text: Far from My Heavenly Home
  • Adobe Acrobat image (PDF)
  • Noteworthy Composer score (NWC)
  • XML score (XML)
The Cyber Hymnal #2486
Text: Have Mercy, Lord on Me
  • Adobe Acrobat image (PDF)
  • Noteworthy Composer score (NWC)
  • XML score (XML)
The Cyber Hymnal #3889
Text: Lord of the Harvest, Hear
  • Adobe Acrobat image (PDF)
  • Noteworthy Composer score (NWC)
  • XML score (XML)
The Cyber Hymnal #4954
Text: Our Heavenly Father, Hear
  • Adobe Acrobat image (PDF)
  • Noteworthy Composer score (NWC)
  • XML score (XML)
The Cyber Hymnal #5002
Text: O'erwhelmed in Depths of Woe
  • Adobe Acrobat image (PDF)
  • Noteworthy Composer score (NWC)
  • XML score (XML)
The Cyber Hymnal #10404
Text: A Dread And Solemn Hour
  • PDF (PDF)
  • Noteworthy Composer Score (NWC)
Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #546
Text: Make Me a Captive, Lord

Instances

Instances (1 - 27 of 27)Text InfoTune InfoTextScoreFlexScoreAudioPage Scan
Christian Classics Ethereal Hymnary #410ScoreAudio
Common Praise (1998) #605Page Scan
Glory to God: the Presbyterian Hymnal #271Text InfoTextFlexScoreAudioPage Scan
Glory to God: the Presbyterian Hymnal #674Text InfoAudio
Hymnal 1982: according to the use of the Episcopal Church #666
Hymns and Psalms: a Methodist and ecumenical hymn book #583
Hymns for Today's Church (2nd ed.) #435
Lead Me, Guide Me (2nd ed.) #242
Presbyterian Hymnal: hymns, psalms, and spiritual songs #198
Presbyterian Hymnal: hymns, psalms, and spiritual songs #286TextPage Scan
Presbyterian Hymnal: hymns, psalms, and spiritual songs #378Text
Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #546Text InfoTune InfoTextScoreAudioPage Scan
Rejoice in the Lord #149TextPage Scan
Rejoice in the Lord #442TextPage Scan
Small Church Music #1891Audio
The Cyber Hymnal #339TextScoreAudio
The Cyber Hymnal #913TextScoreAudio
The Cyber Hymnal #1509TextScoreAudio
The Cyber Hymnal #2486TextScoreAudio
The Cyber Hymnal #3889TextScoreAudio
The Cyber Hymnal #4954TextScoreAudio
The Cyber Hymnal #5002TextScoreAudio
The Cyber Hymnal #10404TextScoreAudio
The New Century Hymnal #483TextPage Scan
Worship (3rd ed.) #366
Worship (4th ed.) #401
Worship (4th ed.) #740
Include 58 pre-1979 instances



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