Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A musical setting of a hymn, usually adapted for repetition with the successive verses or stanzas. Certain kinds of hymn-tunes are called chorals.
“Our choir's pre-Epiphany anthem last Sunday was, appropriately, "Epiphany," an 1864 hymn-tune by the great Victorian composer/organist Samuel Sebastian Wesley, setting a venerable old Reginald Heber text.”
“I knew they had reached that hill-side where the dead of Ridgefield lie calmer than its living; and presently the long-drawn notes of that hymn-tune consecrated to such occasions -- old China -- rose and fell in despairing cadences on my ear.”
“A hymn-tune stirred under the tumult -- rose above it.”
“Presently Lisle went back to the piano and tried over a hymn-tune which Mr. Clifton had brought.”
“It was this air that Mr. Jerry's dog, as already related, ground out of the barrel-organ, but, besides this particular melody, we do not find that Dickens mentions any other hymn-tune.”
“This last piece is of some slight interest from the fact that certain people have claimed that the hymn-tune 'Belmont' is derived therefrom.”
“A _choral_ is a hymn-tune of the German Protestant Church.”
“An example of this is the ordinary hymn-tune with its melody in the highest part, and with three other voices forming a "four-part harmony.”
“It differs from the ordinary English and American hymn-tune in being usually sung at a much slower tempo, and in having a pause at the end of each line of text.”
“Three kiddies bestrode the ancient, and as they swung along they sang snatches of Kipling's 'Recessional,' to an old hymn-tune that lingers in the memory of us all.”
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