Based on Hymn Tunes


Music with Recognizable Hymn Tunes

These are pieces I’ve restored that have tunes that are recognizable to many audiences.

6 Short Choral Preludes by Dudley Buck
Six tunes are treated: Mear, Thatcher, St Anne, Old Hundred, Federal Street, Dundee
6 Short Choral Preludes

Choral March by Dudley Buck
“A Mighty Fortress,” Ein’ feste Burg
Choral March

Choral Prelude on “St Flavian” by Seth Bingham
Usually sung to “Lord Who Throughout These Forty Days”
Choral Prelude on “St Flavian”

Choral with Variations on “Nuremberg” by Henry S Cutler
Usually known as Liebster Jesu and sung to “Blessed Jesus, at Thy Word”
Choral Prelude on “Nuremberg”

Christ the Life of All the Living by Michael Johnston
Same tune as Alle Menschen müssen sterben
Christ the Life of All the Living

Concert Fantasia on “Materna” by Roland Diggle
His most involved piece, it was dedicated to Arthur Poister and makes clear use of the well-known melody of “America, the Beautiful.”
Concert Fantasia on “Materna”

Concert Variations on “Nuremburg” by Eugene Thayer
Usually known as Liebster Jesu and sung to “Blessed Jesus, at Thy Word”
Concert Variations on “Nuremburg”

Fantaisie de Concert sur “O Sanctissima” by Friedrich Lux
This tune is associated with texts in different languages: “O Sanctissima,” a Latin hymn to the Virgin Mary; “O du Fröhliche,” a German Christmas carol, and “Lord, dismiss us with Thy blessing,” an English evening hymn.
Fantaisie de Concert sur O Sanctissima

Fantasia on Duke Street by Ralph Kinder
Widely used tune for “Jesus Shall Reign”
Fantasia on Duke Street

Festival Prelude (Introducing a Choral Theme from Palestrina) by Dudley Buck
The tune Buck was introducing back then to his Episcopal church is known today as Victory or simply Palestrina
Festival Prelude on The Strife Is O’er

Festival Prelude and Fugue on “Old Hundred” by Clarence Eddy
Known to many as “The Doxology,” it is known in all denominations
Festival Prelude and Fugue on Old Hundred

Finlandia by Sibelius-Fricker
Although this is not really based on a hymn tune, the famous tune Finlandia came from it and is still sung with “Be Still, My Soul.” You might play just a section of this great orchestral staple.
Finlandia

The Holy Night (Noël) by Dudley Buck
A dramatic presentation using “Silent Night” (Stille Nacht) and “O Come All Ye Faithful” (Adeste fideles)
Choral March

Joy to the World by Edwin H Lemare
Two of the world’s most recognizable Christmas tunes are included here, “Joy to the World” (Antioch) and “Hark the Herald Angels Sing” (Mendelssohn).
Joy to the World

Love Those Words by Michael Johnston
Two tongue-in-cheek pieces on Wonderful Words, “Sing them over again to me, Wonderful Words of Life.” Not suitable for service use.
Love Those Words

Manifestations of the Spirit by Michael Johnston
This dramatic triptych uses tunes for “Ah Holy Jesus,” “Come Down, O Love Divine,” “O Sons and Daughters,” and “Holy God, We Praise Thy Name.”
Manifestations of the Spirit

Meditation on Ewing by Michael Johnston
A slow and thoughtful treatment of this gorgeous and little-known tune usually used with “Jerusalem, the Golden,” but first paired with “For Thee, O Dear, Dear Country.”
Meditation on Ewing

The Morning Light by U C Burnap
Although used with this text, the tune is known today as Webb and is paired with “Stand Up, Stand Up for Jesus.
The Morning Light

Onward Christian Soldiers by Samuel B Whitney
A clever treatment of Sullivan’s St Gertrude from 1897.
Onward Christian Soldiers

Partita on Schmücke Dich by Jeanne Shaffer
Often sung to “Deck Thyself, My Soul, with Gladness”
Partita on Schmücke Dich

Pleyel’s Hymn with Variations by U C Burnap
Although published in several dozen hymnals to “Children of the Heavenly King,” this very catchy melody is best known today to Sacred Harp singers as “Sinner, Art Thou Still Secure?”
Pleyel’s Hymn with Variations

Reformation Fantasie by Wilhelm Rudnick
“A Mighty Fortress,” in either Solo or Duet versions
Reformation Fantasie (Solo) or Reformation Fantasie (Duet)

Russian Hymn with Variations by George W Morgan
Original sung sung to “God Save the Czar,” it is recognized today in Tchaikovsky’s “1812 Overture” and sung with “God, the Omnipotent.”
Russian Hymn

Toccata Basse by Robert Leech Bedell
Bedell quotes Schmücke Dich, often sung to “Deck Thyself, My Soul, with Gladness,” in his bravura pedal solo.
Toccata Basse

Variations on “Ein’ Feste Burg” by Henry Cutler
“A Mighty Fortress” in one movement with a solo instrument
Variations on Ein’ Feste Burg

Variations on Luther’s Judgment Hymn by Henry Cutler
A popular tune in its day, it is unknown now. I provide a hymn sheet that you may freely duplicate so your choir and congregation can sing “Great God, What Do I See and Hear” before you play these Variations.
Variations on Luther’s Judgment Hymn

Variations on the Kaiserquartett by Haydn-Lux
Known in classical audiences as Haydn’s “Emperor” String Quartet, Opus 76, Number 3, and to congregations as “Glorious Things of Thee Are Spoken” (Austria)
Variations on Glorious Things of Thee Are Spoken

Variations on the Sicilian Hymn by Eugene Thayer
This tune is associated with texts in different languages: “O Sanctissima,” a Latin hymn to the Virgin Mary; “O du Fröhliche,” a German Christmas carol, and “Lord, dismiss us with Thy blessing,” an English evening hymn.
Variations on the Sicilian Hymn

Variations on Veni Creator Spiritus by Allan Ontko
“Come, Holy Ghost, Our Souls Inspire” or alternate text
Variations on Veni Creator

Vesper Hymn by Everett Truette
The venerable Vesper Hymn, “Now on Land and Sea Descending,” and Eventide, “Abide with Me,” from the section for Evening Service
Vesper Hymn

Vom Himmel Hoch by Garth Edmundson
“From Heaven on High,” excellent for Christmas
Vom Himmel Hoch

Wedding March by Dudley Buck
This could be played in a concert and listed as March with Doxology or March, Opus 44, because it quotes Old Hundred at the end.
Wedding March or March with Old Hundred

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