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
  • Adobe Acrobat image (PDF)
  • Noteworthy Composer score (NWC)
  • XML score (XML)
The Cyber Hymnal #5433
Text: O Thou Whose Feet Have Climbed Life's Hill
  • Adobe Acrobat image (PDF)
  • 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 (1 - 64 of 64)Text InfoTune InfoTextScoreFlexScoreAudioPage Scan
A New Hymnal for Colleges and Schools #569
Ancient and Modern: hymns and songs for refreshing worship #232Text
Christian Classics Ethereal Hymnary #125Tune InfoScoreAudio
Christian Worship: a Lutheran hymnal #217TextPage Scan
Christian Worship: a Lutheran hymnal #301
Church Hymnary (4th ed.) #61TextPage Scan
Church Hymnary (4th ed.) #290aTextPage Scan
Church Hymnary (4th ed.) #438TextPage Scan
Church Hymnary (4th ed.) #744TextPage Scan
Church Hymnary (4th ed.) #806Text
Common Praise (1998) #491Page Scan
Common Praise: A new edition of Hymns Ancient and Modern #172Page Scan
Common Praise: A new edition of Hymns Ancient and Modern #371bPage Scan
Common Praise: A new edition of Hymns Ancient and Modern #388Page Scan
Evangelical Lutheran Hymnary #393TextPage Scan
Evangelical Lutheran Worship #432TextPage Scan
Glory to God: the Presbyterian Hymnal #60Text InfoAudio
Hymnal 1982: according to the use of the Episcopal Church #447
Hymnal 1982: according to the use of the Episcopal Church #483Text
Hymns and Psalms - 1983 #2
Hymns and Psalms - 1983 #209
Hymns and Psalms - 1983 #579
Hymns and Psalms - 1983 #693
Hymns for Today's Church (2nd ed.) #182Text
Hymns Old and New (Rev. and Enl.) #22b
Hymns Old and New (Rev. and Enl.) #711
Lutheran Service Book #532TextPage Scan
Presbyterian Hymnal: hymns, psalms, and spiritual songs #149TextPage Scan
Psalms for All Seasons: a complete Psalter for worship #90ATextPage Scan
Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #411Text InfoTune InfoTextScoreAudioPage Scan
Rejoice in the Lord #335TextPage Scan
Seventh-day Adventist Hymnal #19
Seventh-day Adventist Hymnal #199
Sing! A New Creation #213TextAudioPage Scan
Singing the Faith #312
Small Church Music #521Audio
Small Church Music #927Audio
Small Church Music #3652Audio
The Christian Life Hymnal #202
The Covenant Hymnal: a worshipbook #270
The Cyber Hymnal #39TextScoreAudio
The Cyber Hymnal #2400TextScoreAudio
The Cyber Hymnal #2637TextScoreAudio
The Cyber Hymnal #2953TextScoreAudio
The Cyber Hymnal #3597TextScoreAudio
The Cyber Hymnal #5433TextScoreAudio
The Cyber Hymnal #5507TextScoreAudio
The Cyber Hymnal #6504TextScoreAudio
The New English Hymnal #134
The United Methodist Hymnal #326TextScoreFlexScoreAudioPage Scan
The United Methodist Hymnal Music Supplement #305Text
The Worshiping Church #268TextPage Scan
Together in Song: Australian hymn book II #116
Together in Song: Australian hymn book II #378
Together in Song: Australian hymn book II #770
Trinity Hymnal (Rev. ed.) #127TextPage Scan
Trinity Hymnal (Rev. ed.) #298TextPage Scan
Trinity Hymnal (Rev. ed.) #367TextPage Scan
Voices United: The Hymn and Worship Book of The United Church of Canada #190TextPage Scan
Voices United: The Hymn and Worship Book of The United Church of Canada #531
Voices United: The Hymn and Worship Book of The United Church of Canada #754Page Scan
Worship and Rejoice #339TextScoreAudio
Worship: a hymnal and service book for Roman Catholics (3rd ed.) #464Page Scan
生命聖詩 - Hymns of Life, 1986 #142
Include 108 pre-1979 instances



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