ARFON (Major)

ARFON (Major)

Published in 18 hymnals

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Tune Information

Title: ARFON (Major)
Meter: D
Incipit: 51176 51234 32132
Key: G Major


See How Great a Flame Aspires

Sing ye praises to the Father

I Believe in God Almighty

I believe in God Almighty, Father of all things that
Maker of the earth and heavens, Keeper of the sky
and sea.
I believe in God’s Son, Jesus, now for us both Lord
and Christ,
of the Spirit and of Mary born to bring abundant life.

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ARFON is originally a six-phrase Welsh folk tune in minor tonality entitled 'Tros y Garreg." Named for a district on the mainland of northern Wales opposite Mon and Anglesey, the tune was published in Edward Jones's Relicks of the Welsh Bards (1784). In the later nineteenth century ARFON was associated in France with the Christmas texts "Un nouveaux present des cieux" and 'Joseph est bien marie."

The tune is a rounded bar form (AABA), set here in major tonality. The harmonization, prepared by Stanley L. Osborne (b. Clarke Township, ON, Canada, 1907) in 1970 was published in the Hymn Book (1971), which was published by two Canadian denominations, the Anglican Church and the United Church. Osborne intended his harmonization first of all for a recorder ensemble and only secondarily for organ or voices. Use a clean, light accompaniment for stanzas 1 and 2 and a broader treatment for stanzas 3 and 4. Sing the middle stanzas in parts. Use trumpet accompaniment for stanza 4.

Osborne's interest in both pastoral work and church music is reflected in his education and career. Educated in music at Victoria University, Toronto, and in theology at Emmanuel College, Toronto, he received a Mus.D. from the University of Toronto in 1945 and a Th.D. from Victoria University in 1954. He was ordained in the United Church of Canada in 1932 and served five pastorates. In 1948 he became principal of the Ontario Ladies College (now Trafalgar Castle School), Whitby, Ontario, and in 1968, the full-time secretary of the committee that prepared the Hymn Book (1971). Osborne also published a handbook to that hymnal, If Such Holy Song (1976), which is characterized not only by solid scholarship but also by the expression of strong personal opinions. In 1986 he was appointed a Fellow of the Hymn Society in the United States and Canada.

--Psalter Hymnal Handbook, 1988

See also ARFON (Minor)


Organ Solo

  • I Am Thine, O Lord: Hymns of Faith and Commitment for Organ
    Composer/Editors Dennis Elior; John Scriveyner
    Published By: Lorenz Publishing Company (2009) pp. 20
  • 120 More Musical Gifts Part 4 Series Two: Variations on Hymn Tunes - Antioch to Engleberg
    Composer/Editors Adrienne Tindall; Austin Cole Lovelace
    Published By: Darcey Press (2006) pp. 20-23
  • The Organist's Companion Volume 20 Number 1 November 1997 General, Advent, Christmas, Epiphany: A Bi-monthly Journal of Quality Organ Music for the Practical Church Musician
    Composer/Editors Wayne Leupold; F
    Published By: McAfee Music Corporation (1997) pp. 16

Piano Solo

  • The Church Pianist's Library Volume 12
    Published By: Lorenz Publishing Company (2013) pp. 63


Christian Classics Ethereal Hymnary #669
  • Four-part harmony, full-score (PDF, NWC)
Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #395
Text: Hail, O Once-Despised Jesus
  • Full Score (PDF, XML)
  • Bulletin Score (melody only) (PDF)


Instances (1 - 15 of 15)

Christian Classics Ethereal Hymnary #669

Common Praise (1998) #44

Common Praise (1998) #391

Community of Christ Sings #4

Great Songs of the Church (Revised) #218

Text InfoTune InfoTextScoreAudio

Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #395

Sing the Faith #2042

The Book of Praise #423


The United Methodist Hymnal #541


The United Methodist Hymnal Music Supplement #21


The United Methodist Hymnal Music Supplement II #15

The United Methodist Hymnal Music Supplement II #16

Voices United #244

Wonder, Love, and Praise #769

찬송과 예배 = Chansong gwa yebae = Come, Let Us Worship #248

Include 3 pre-1979 instances
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