Old hundredth (Charles H. Giffen)

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  • CPDL #15550:     
Editor: Charles H. Giffen (submitted 2007-11-27).   Score information: Letter, 2 pages, 103 kB   Copyright: CPDL

General Information

Tune name: Old hundredth, three harmonizations
Composer: Charles H. Giffen

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB with Descant (optional)
Genre: SacredHymn setting   Meter: 88. 88 (L.M.)

Instruments: a cappella, optionally with keyboard accompaniment.

First published: 2007 here

Description: Three arrangements, in mixed 2/2 & 3/2 time signatures, the third with an optional descant.
These settings of Old hundredth were originally composed (without the descant) in 2003, to accommodate the text of Lord, make us servants of your peace by James Quinn (b. 1919), which is a lovely adaptation of the Prayer of St. Francis of Assisi (1182-1226). As Quinn's text is only five stanzas in length, the Doxology was appended so that each of the three settings is used twice. Quinn's text is traditionally sung to the hymn tune Dickinson College by Lee Hastings Bristol, Jr. (1923-1979). Both Quinn's text and Dickinson College are under copyright.
These harmonizations were first sung at a Lenten service in 2003, using the text "O love, how deep" (below). The descant was added in 2007 when these harmonizations without text were prepared.

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