Composer: Francis Jackson

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Tune Information

Composer: Francis Jackson (1957)
Place Of Origin: England
Incipit: 12345 63251 23345
Key: D Major
Copyright: © 1960, Francis Jackson


Francis Jackson (b. Malton, Yorkshire, England, 1917) wrote EAST ACKLAM in 1957 at York Minster Abbey, where he had a long and distinguished career as organist and music master (1946-1982). The tune's name refers to the hamlet northeast of York, England, where Jackson has lived since 1982. Jackson received his early musical training at the York Minster School, later studied with Edward Bairstow, and received his doctorate from Durham University (1940). From 1947 to 1980 he conducted both the York Musical Society and the York Symphony Orchestra. He has published a wide array of organ and church music and was very popular as an organ recitalist.

Jackson originally wrote the tune as a setting for Reginald Heber's (PHH 249) "God that madest earth and heaven," which was usually sung to the popular Welsh tune AR HYD YNOS. Now matched to Pratt Green's text in several modern hymnals, EAST ACKLAM was first published in the British supplement Hymns and Songs (1969).

The tune has several striking features: the hammer-blow chords at the end of lines 1, 2, and 4; the melodic sequences; and the stunning melodic rise to the climax in lines and 4. Although good choirs may enjoy the challenge of the harmony, the tune is best sung in unison by congregations. Use solid accompaniment and observe a ritardando, at the very end of stanza 3.

--Psalter Hymnal Handbook, 1987



Harmonizations, Introductions, Descants, Intonations

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    Published By: Kevin Mayhew Ltd. (2011) pp. 78
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    Published By: Kevin Mayhew Ltd. (2009) pp. 59
  • 200 New Last Verses
    Published By: Kevin Mayhew Ltd. (2007) pp. 60
  • The St. Francis Collection of Free Accompaniments to Hymn Tunes: 80 Settings by Various Composers
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    Published By: G. I. A. Publications, Inc. (2005) pp. 26

Organ Solo

  • 100 New Hymn Preludes
    Composer/Editor Judith Bailey
    Published By: Kevin Mayhew Ltd. (2008) pp. 96
  • Five Preludes on English Hymn Tunes
    Composer/Editor Francis Jackson
    Published By: Banks Music Publications (1987) pp. 19


Instances (1 - 23 of 23)

Ancient and Modern #284

Anglican Hymns Old and New (Rev. and Enl.) #197


Church Hymnary (4th ed.) #231


Common Praise #254

Community of Christ Sings #401

Complete Anglican Hymns Old and New #185

Complete Mission Praise #153


CPWI Hymnal #712

Hymns and Psalms #342a


Hymns for Today's Church (2nd ed.) #286


Hymns of Glory, Songs of Praise #231

Hymns of the Saints #73

New English Praise #621

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Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #455


Rejoice in the Lord #21

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RitualSong #704

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Seventh-day Adventist Hymnal #558

Singing the Faith #124a


The Hymnal 1982 #424

The Irish Presbyterian Hymnbook #52


The Presbyterian Hymnal #553


The United Methodist Hymnal #97

Worship (3rd ed.) #562

Include 1 pre-1979 instance
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