ST. MAGNUS (Clarke)

Composer: Jeremiah Clarke

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Tune Information

Composer: Jeremiah Clarke (1707)
Meter: 8.6.8.6
Incipit: 51275 12323 13452
Key: F Major or modal/G Major or modal

Notes

ST. MAGNUS first appeared in Henry Playford's Divine Companion (1707 ed.) as an anonymous tune with soprano and bass parts. The tune was later credited to Jeremiah Clark (b. London, England, c. 1670; d. London, 1707), who was a chorister in the Chapel Royal and sang at the coronation of James II in 1685. Later he served as organist in Winchester College, St. Paul's Cathedral, and the Chapel Royal. He shot himself to death in a fit of depression, apparently because of an unhappy romance. Supported by Queen Anne, Clark was a prominent composer in his day, writing songs for the stage as well as anthems, psalm tunes, and harpsichord works. One well-known piece, the Trumpet Voluntary, was long attributed to his contemporary Henry Purcell (PHH 612) but is now recognized as Clark's composition. Robert Bridges (PHH 386) and Ralph Vaughan Williams (PHH 316) reintroduced Clark's hymn tunes for congregational use in the twentieth century in the Yattendon Hymnal (1899) and The English Hymnal (1906).
Although ST. MAGNUS was originally used as a setting for Psalm 117, it has been associated with this text since they were combined in the 1868 Appendix to Hymns Ancient and Modern. The tune is named for the Church of St. Magnus the Martyr, built by Christopher Wren in 1676 on Lower Thames Street near the old London Bridge, England.

ST. MAGNUS consists of two long lines, each of which has its own sense of climax. The octave leap in the final phrase has a stunning effect, like a vault in a Gothic cathedral. Assign stanzas for antiphonal singing in unison and/ or in harmony. Organ accompaniment should be lively, with full, bright registration.

--Psalter Hymnal Handbook

Media

Christian Classics Ethereal Hymnary #125
  • Four-part harmony, full-score (PDF, NWC)
  • Four-part harmony, full score, Second arrangement (PDF, NWC)
The Cyber Hymnal #39
Text: Afflictions, Though They Seem Severe
  • Adobe Acrobat image (PDF)
  • Noteworthy Composer score (NWC)
  • XML score (XML)
The Cyber Hymnal #2400
Text: How Hurtful Was the Choice of Lot
  • Adobe Acrobat image (PDF)
  • Noteworthy Composer score (NWC)
  • XML score (XML)
The Cyber Hymnal #2637
Text: The Head That Once Was Crowned
  • Adobe Acrobat image (PDF)
  • Noteworthy Composer score (NWC)
  • XML score (XML)
The Cyber Hymnal #2953
Text: In All My Vast Concerns with Thee
  • Adobe Acrobat image (PDF)
  • Noteworthy Composer score (NWC)
  • XML score (XML)
The Cyber Hymnal #3597
Text: Let Christian Faith and Hope Dispel
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  • Noteworthy Composer score (NWC)
  • XML score (XML)
The Cyber Hymnal #5433
Text: O Thou Whose Feet Have Climbed Life's Hill
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  • Noteworthy Composer score (NWC)
  • XML score (XML)
The Cyber Hymnal #5507
Text: O Will of God Beneath Our Life
  • Adobe Acrobat image (PDF)
  • Noteworthy Composer score (NWC)
  • XML score (XML)
The Cyber Hymnal #6504
Text: Two Brothers Freely Cast Their Lot
  • Adobe Acrobat image (PDF)
  • Noteworthy Composer score (NWC)
  • XML score (XML)
Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #411
Text: The Head That Once Was Crowned with Thorns
The United Methodist Hymnal #326
Text: The Head That Once Was Crowned
Worship and Rejoice #339
Text: The Head That Once Was Crowned

Instances

Instances (43)TextImageAudioScoreFlexscore
A New Hymnal for Colleges and School #569
Christian Classics Ethereal Hymnary #125AudioScore
Christian Worship: a Lutheran hymnal #217Text
Christian Worship: a Lutheran hymnal #301Text
Church Hymnary (4th ed.) #61Text
Church Hymnary (4th ed.) #290aText
Church Hymnary (4th ed.) #438Text
Church Hymnary (4th ed.) #744Text
Church Hymnary (4th ed.) #806Text
Common Praise (1998) #491
Evangelical Lutheran Hymnary #393Text
Evangelical Lutheran Worship #432Image
Glory to God: the Presbyterian Hymnal #60TextImageAudio
Hymnal 1982: according to the use of the Episcopal Church #447TextImage
Hymnal 1982: according to the use of the Episcopal Church #483TextImage
Hymns for Today's Church (2nd ed.) #182
Lutheran Service Book #532TextImage
Presbyterian Hymnal: hymns, psalms, and spiritual songs #149TextImage
Psalms for All Seasons: a complete Psalter for worship #90AImage
Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #411TextImageAudioScore
Rejoice in the Lord #335Text
Seventh-day Adventist Hymnal #19
Seventh-day Adventist Hymnal #199
Sing! A New Creation #213TextImageAudio
The Christian Life Hymnal #202
The Covenant Hymnal: a worshipbook #270
The Cyber Hymnal #39TextAudioScore
The Cyber Hymnal #2400TextAudioScore
The Cyber Hymnal #2637TextAudioScore
The Cyber Hymnal #2953TextAudioScore
The Cyber Hymnal #3597TextAudioScore
The Cyber Hymnal #5433TextAudioScore
The Cyber Hymnal #5507TextAudioScore
The Cyber Hymnal #6504TextAudioScore
The United Methodist Hymnal #326TextImageAudioScore
The Worshiping Church #268TextImage
Trinity Hymnal (Rev. ed.) #127TextImage
Trinity Hymnal (Rev. ed.) #298TextImage
Trinity Hymnal (Rev. ed.) #367TextImage
Voices United: The Hymn and Worship Book of The United Church of Canada #190Text
Voices United: The Hymn and Worship Book of The United Church of Canada #531Text
Voices United: The Hymn and Worship Book of The United Church of Canada #754
Worship and Rejoice #339TextImageAudioScore



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