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MANOAH (Greatorex)

Composer: Henry W. Greatorex

Henry Wellington Greatorex United Kingdom 1813-1858. Born at Burton upon Trent, England, he received a thorough musical education from his father, Thomas Greatorex, who was for many years organist of Westminster Abbey, and conductor of the London concerts of ancient music. Henry became a composer, author, compiler, editor, and arranger of music. He emigrated to the U.S. In 1839. In 1849 he married artist Eliza Pratt, and they had four children: Elizabeth, Kathleen, Thomas, and Francis Henry. Prior to settling in New York City as a music teacher and organist at Calvary Church, he played at churches in Hartford, CT, including Center Church and St Johns Episcopal Church in West Hartford, CT. He frequently sang in oratorios and concerts.… Go to person page >

Tune Information

Title: MANOAH (Greatorex)
Composer: Henry W. Greatorex (1851)
Meter: 8.6.8.6
Incipit: 12321 77662 3432
Key: A♭ Major
Source: H. W. Greatorex's Collection,1851
Copyright: Public Domain

Notes

MANOAH was first published in Henry W. Greatorex's Collection of Psalm and Hymn Tunes (1851). This anthology (later editions had alternate titles) contained one of the best tune collections of its era and included thirty-seven original compositions and arrangements by compiler Greatorex as well as melodies by his father, Thomas, and grandfather Anthony. Because no other source has been traced, it is believed that Greatorex composed MANOAH.

Greatorex (b. Burton-on-Trent, Staffordshire, England, 1813; d. Charleston, SC, 1858) received his early music training from his father, who was organist at Westminster Abbey. After moving to the United States in 1839, he served as organist at the Center Congregational Church and at St. John's Church, both in Hartford, Connecticut. He accepted the position of organist at St. Paul's Episcopal Church around 1846 and later became organist and choirmaster of the Calvary Episcopal Church, both in New York City. His final musical position was at the Episcopal Church in Charleston.

The composer gave arbitrary names to his tunes: Manoah was the father of Samson in the Old Testament. This well-crafted common-meter tune features some repetition of melodic motives and a harmonization that invites part singing. Sing in harmony in two long lines rather than four short phrases. Use moderate organ accompaniment at first, but make sure it swells for stanza 4.

--Psalter Hymnal Handbook, 1988

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Arrangements

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    Composer/Editor Mark Winchester
    Published By: Frog Music (2005) pp. 99

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    Composer/Editors Kevin J. Hildebrand; Wayne L. Wold
    Published By: Concordia Publishing House (2013) pp. 50
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    Composer/Editor James Biery
    Published By: Concordia Publishing House (2013) pp. 8
  • The Organ Portfolio Volume 74 Number 2 November December 2010: The Service Music Anthology for the Church Organist
    Composer/Editors Gilbert M. Martin; Edward Broughton
    Published By: Lorenz Publishing Company (2010) pp. 84
  • Organ Miniatures: 200 Short Improvisations on Familiar Hymn Tunes
    Composer/Editor June Nixon
    Published By: Kevin Mayhew Ltd. (1999) pp. 31
  • Rejoice, the Lord Is King: for Organ
    Composer/Editor Raymond H. Haan
    Published By: Van Ness Press, Inc. (1999) pp. 16
  • The Organ Portfolio Volume 56 Number 3 January 1993: A Bi-monthly Anthology for the Church Organist
    Composer/Editors Dorothy Wells; Edward Broughton
    Published By: Lorenz Publishing Company (1993) pp. 30
  • 10 Hymn Preludes and Accompaniments
    Composer/Editor David Christiansen
    Published By: Concordia Publishing House (1991) pp. 3
  • Emergency Organ Book Volume Three: For All Occasions
    Composer/Editors Dorothy Wells; Robert J. Hughes
    Published By: Lorenz Publishing Company (1989) pp. 19
  • Preludes, Meditations, and Quiet Postludes: For Organ
    Composer/Editor Robert Graham
    Published By: Columbia Lady Music, Inc. (1988) pp. 28
  • The Organist Volume 90 Number 6 January 1987: A Bi-monthly Publication for Church Organists
    Composer/Editors James Mansfield; Robert J. Hughes
    Published By: Lorenz Publishing Company (1987) pp. 67
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    Composer/Editor Harold H. DeCou
    Published By: Good Life Publications, Inc. (1984) pp. 16
  • 113 Variations on Hymn Tunes for Organ
    Composer/Editor George Thalben-Ball
    Published By: Novello and Company Limited (1969) pp. 13
  • Hymn Preludes for the Liturgical Year Volume XVIII Contemplation The Inner Life Comfort Trust: For Organ in 24 Volumes Opus 100
    Composer/Editor Flor Peeters
    Published By: C. F. Peters Corporation (1969) pp. 16
  • Gordon Young's Preludes: On Hymn Tunes for Organ
    Composer/Editor Gordon Young
    Published By: Hope Publishing Company (1968) pp. 14
  • Hymn Tune Preludes for the Organ No. 3
    Composer/Editor Samuel W. Shanko
    Published By: Broadman Press (1967) pp. 20
  • Hymn Tune Preludes for the Organ No. 1
    Composer/Editors Samuel W. Shanko; Kenneth Pool
    Published By: Broadman Press (1966) pp. 15
  • The Parish Organist Part Eleven: Thirty-five Preludes on Familiar Hymn Tunes
    Composer/Editors Willem Mudde; Gerhard Krapf
    Published By: Concordia Publishing House (1966) pp. 10
  • The Organ Portfolio Volume 27 Number 6 August 1964: A Bi-Monthly Magazine for Church Organists
    Composer/Editors Ellen Jane Lorenz; Robert J. Hughes
    Published By: Lorenz Publishing Company (1964) pp. 59
  • Seven Classic Preludes on Old Chorals: For Organ
    Composer/Editors Garth Edmundson; Franz Joseph Haydn
    Published By: J. Fischer & Brothers (1938) pp. 17
  • A Collection of Hymn Tunes for the Organ: From the St. Cecilia Series
    Composer/Editor John Holler
    Published By: The H. W. Gray Company (1935) pp. 1
  • Ashford's Hymn Voluntaries No. 2: A Collection of Organ Voluntaries Based on Familiar Hymn Tunes
    Composer/Editor Emma Louise Ashford
    Published By: Lorenz Publishing Company (1910) pp. 88

Piano Solo

  • The Church Pianist Volume 13 Number 5 May June 1997: The Pianist's Companion for the Church Year
    Composer/Editors Hugh S. Livingston, Jr.; Samuel Wellman
    Published By: Lorenz Publishing Company (1997) pp. 26
  • Hymn Tune Preludes for the Piano No. 3
    Composer/Editors Samuel W. Shanko; Vernon Kelly
    Published By: Broadman Press (1967) pp. 22
  • Hymn Tune Preludes for the Piano No. 1
    Composer/Editors Max Lyall; Leon Whitesell
    Published By: Broadman Press (1966) pp. 14

Instruments: Organ and Brass

  • Organ Plus Brass - Arrangements for Brass Choir and Organ: Volume IV
    Composer/Editors Carsten Klomp; Heiko Petersen
    Published By: Barenreiter Kassel (2014) pp. 10

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