Descant to the hymn tune DUKE STREET. Free score with harmonized descant, choir part, optional instrumental passages and a cappella verse, and texts to two hymns.
DUKE STREET was first published anonymously in Henry Boyd's Select Collection of Psalm and Hymn Tunes (1793), and later credited to John Hatton (1710-1793) in William Dixon's Euphonia (1805). Other than that he lived in Duke Street, in the township of Windle in Lancaster, England, virtually nothing is known about Hatton, who composed several other hymn tunes of lesser note. Over twenty English hymn texts have been set to DUKE STREET, the signature setting being Jesus shall reign where'er the sun. Also attached is Timothy Dudley-Smith's 2003 text, Kingly beyond all earthly kings, which is particularly appropriate to the Feast of Christ the King (this text is under copyright to Hope Publishing Company and a license to use and publish the text must be obtained directly from the publisher; used here by permission).
This descant was written for Philip Johnson (1950-2013), at the time dean of the New Hampshire Chapter of the American Guild of Organists. It was sung at the closing evensong of the spring 1996 NHAGO gathering by the choir of All Saints Parish, Peterborough.
-Jesus shall reign
-Kingly beyond all earthly kings
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