Composer: Reginald Sparshatt Thatcher (1936)
Published in 8 hymnals

Printable scores: PDF
Audio files: MIDI, Recording

Composer: Reginald Sparshatt Thatcher

(no biographical information available about Reginald Sparshatt Thatcher.) Go to person page >

Tune Information

Title: WILDERNESS (Thatcher)
Composer: Reginald Sparshatt Thatcher (1936)
Incipit: 13155 12377 72742
Key: e minor
Copyright: By permission of Oxford University Press


Reginald S. Thatcher (b. Salisbury, England, 1888; d. Cranleigh, Surrey, England, 1957) composed WILDERNESS when he was a musician at the famed Harrow Public School in England. The tune was published in the Clarendon Hymn Book (1936), a hymnal initially prepared for Charterhouse, another well-known British public school.

Sing in unison, although part singing on the refrain might effectively set off the litany phrase. For an effective ending, consider turning the final chords (on "give peace again") from minor to all major chords. Use full, firm, though not bright accompaniment.

Thatcher received his education at the Royal College of Music and at Worcester College, Oxford, England. His career consisted of a series of music school appointments, including director of music at the Royal Naval College and principal of the Royal Academy of Music. From 1954 to 1960 Thatcher was president of the Royal College of Organists. He also served on the editorial committee of The BBC Hymn Book (1951). In 1952 Thatcher was knighted for his contribution to British music and Culture.

--Psalter Hymnal Handbook, 1987



Instances (1 - 6 of 6)

Hymns and Psalms #794

Text InfoTune InfoTextAudio

Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #608


Small Church Music #3444


Small Church Music #3624

The Hymnal 1982 #39


The Hymnal 1982 #394

Include 2 pre-1979 instances
Suggestions or corrections? Contact us