Descant to the hymn tune ST. FULBERT. Free score with harmonized descant. Audio: Short intro - Hymnal verse (Gauntlett, 2x) - (organ ad lib) - Descant verse. Key: Db Free score.
This Henry Gauntlett tune originally appeared in 1858 under the name St. Leofred, with a paraphrase of the Pascha nostrum; it then emerged in Hymns Ancient and Modern nine years later with the text "Ye choirs of new Jerusalem," translated from an 11th C. text by Fulbert of Chartres, and bearing a new name, ST. FULBERT. This pairing is traditional fare for Eastertide in Great Britain, a continuation of its historic use is an office hymn for vespers beginning on Low Sunday (the second Sunday of Easter). It is also commonly wrapped around Isaac Watts' I love thee Lord, and not because, one of two texts assigned to this tune in Hymnal 1982.
This descant was written for the Choir of St. Peter's Peterston for services featuring the new (Easter 2010) Nicholson organ at Llandaff Cathedral in Cardiff, Wales (images below).
Updated: June 1 2019
US – Combined: I love thee Lord, and not because / Lo! what a cloud of witnesses (in Db)
E'en so I love thee, and will love,
and in thy praise will sing,
solely because thou art my God
and my eternal King.
– Anon Kirchengesänge, 1566
UK – Ye choirs of new Jerusalem with Alleluia, Amen (A4 format, in Eb)
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