PENTECOST (Boyd)

Composer: William Boyd

William Boyd Jamaica 1847-1928. Born at Montego Bay, he studied under Sabine-Baring Gould, and attended Worcester College,Oxford. He was ordained an Anglican priest in 1877, eventually becoming Vicar at All Saints Church, Norfolk Square, London. John Perry  Go to person page >

Tune Information

Title: PENTECOST (Boyd)
Composer: William Boyd (1868)
Meter: 8.8.8.8
Incipit: 33333 21433 33221
Key: G Major
Copyright: Public Domain

Notes

William Boyd (b. Montego Bay, Jamaica, 1847; d. Paddington, England, 1928) composed PENTECOST in 1864 for the hymn text "Come, Holy Ghost, Our Souls Inspire"; it was published in 1868 in Thirty-Two Hymn Tunes Composed by Members of the University of Oxford. The name PENTECOST derives from the subject matter of that hymn text. Boyd was educated at Hurstpierpoint, where the hymn writer Sabine Baring-Gould (PHH 522) was one of his teachers, and at Worcester College, Oxford. He was ordained in the Church of England and served the Church of All Saints, Norfolk Square, London, from 1893-1918.

The tune PENTECOST was retained from the 1959 Psalter Hymnal, though Dewey Westra originally versified Mary's song for the tune DUKE STREET (412). The humble, meditative character of PENTECOST stands in contrast to the spirit of rejoicing found in DUKE STREET and the settings at 478 and 622. The text can also be sung to PUER NOBIS (327). A simple chant-like tune with a range of only five tones in the melody, PENTECOST is one of the "generic" Victorian tunes of its time (see also QUEBEC, 141, 307; ST. CRISPIN, 276; MORECAMBE 419; and MARYTON, 573). Sing it in harmony, perhaps unaccompanied, but with a firm pulse and not too slowly.

--Psalter Hymnal Handbook, 1988

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Arrangements

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  • The Art of Hymn Playing Volume 2: 250 Preludes Introductions Free Accompaniments & Alternate Harmonizations
    Composer/Editor Charles Callahan
    Published By: MorningStar Music Publishers, Inc. (2009) pp. 128
  • The Creative Use of the Organ in Worship
    Composer/Editor Hal H. Hopson
    Published By: Hope Publishing Company (2000) pp. 113
  • Free Harmonizations of Hymn Tunes: Volume II
    Composer/Editor D. DeWitt Wasson
    Published By: Hinshaw Music, Inc. (1986) pp. 110
  • Organ Hymns of Praise from the Crystal Cathedral: Hymn Accompaniments Arranged by Richard Unfreid
    Composer/Editor Richard Unfried
    Published By: Fred Bock Music Company (1981) pp. 54
  • Free Hymn Accompaniments: 46 Tunes, 74 Hymns, Fully Indexed
    Composer/Editor Robert J. Powell
    Published By: Abingdon Press (1979) pp. 21
  • Preludes for Fifty-five Well-known Hymn Tunes: Modeled after the Free Organ Accompaniments of T. Tertius Noble
    Composer/Editor Howard D. McKinney
    Published By: J. Fischer & Brothers (1967) pp. 43
  • Varied Harmonizations of Hymn Tunes For Unison Singing
    Composer/Editor Eric Harding Thiman
    Published By: The H. W. Gray Company, Inc. (1955) pp. 9
  • Free Organ Accompaniments to One Hundred Well-known Hymn Tunes
    Composer/Editor T. Tertius Noble
    Published By: J. Fischer & Brothers (1946) pp. 39

Organ Solo

  • Pedals and Pipes for Postludes and Praise
    Composer/Editors Eugene McCluskey; William Barnett
    Published By: Lorenz Publishing Company (2004) pp. 34
  • The Organist's Library Volume 34
    Composer/Editor William Barnett
    Published By: Lorenz Publishing Company (2003) pp. 70
  • The Organ Portfolio Volume 66 Number 2 November December 2002: A Bi-monthly Anthology for the Church Organist
    Composer/Editors Gilbert M. Martin; William Barnett
    Published By: Lorenz Publishing Company (2002) pp. 70
  • To Walk with Christ: Eight Hymn Medleys Celebrating the Christian Life
    Composer/Editor Lani Smith
    Published By: Lorenz Publishing Company (2002) pp. 26
  • Let Us Talents and Tongues Employ: Hymn Preludes for Organ
    Composer/Editor Mark Sedio
    Published By: Augsburg Fortress (1996) pp. 12
  • Emergency Organ Book for All Occasions: Christmas Palm Sunday
    Composer/Editors Dorothy Wells; Roger C. Wilson
    Published By: Lorenz Publishing Company (1976) pp. 65
  • The Sunday Morning Organist Volume Six: Preludes, Offertories, Postludes for the Morning Worship Service
    Composer/Editor Harold H. DeCou
    Published By: Singspiration Music, Inc. (1976) pp. 55
  • The Organist Volume 79 Number 4 September 1975: A Bi-monthly Magazine for Church Organists
    Composer/Editor Roger C. Wilson
    Published By: Lorenz Publishing Company (1975) pp. 3
  • Fifteen Hymn Tune Improvisations - The Church Year and General Use: For Organ with Pipe and Hammond Registration
    Composer/Editor R. Donald Curry
    Published By: Pallma Music Company (1962) pp. 8
  • Stults' Hymn Paraphrases No. 1 for Pipe Organ
    Composer/Editor Robert Morrison Stults
    Published By: Lorenz Publishing Company (1940) pp. 62

Piano Solo

  • Exaltation: Vibrant Organ Music for Worship
    Composer/Editor Jeff Perks
    Published By: Lorenz Publishing Company (2020) pp. 42
  • The Church Pianist Volume 10 Number 5 May June 1994: The Pianist's Companion for the Church Year
    Composer/Editors Hugh S. Livingston, Jr.; Lani Smith
    Published By: Lorenz Publishing Company (1994) pp. 3
  • The Church Pianist Volume 4 Number 5 May 1988: The Pianist's Companion for the Church Year
    Composer/Editors Hugh S. Livingston, Jr.; Rachel Carr
    Published By: Lorenz Publishing Company (1988) pp. 3

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