from The 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.


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  • 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.

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  • 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.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 10, No. 62, December, 1862

  • A hymn-tune stirred under the tumult -- rose above it.

    O. Henry Memorial Award Prize Stories of 1921

  • Presently Lisle went back to the piano and tried over a hymn-tune which Mr. Clifton had brought.

    Lippincott's Magazine, Vol. 22, September, 1878

  • 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.

    Charles Dickens and Music

  • This last piece is of some slight interest from the fact that certain people have claimed that the hymn-tune 'Belmont' is derived therefrom.

    Charles Dickens and Music

  • A _choral_ is a hymn-tune of the German Protestant Church.

    Music Notation and Terminology

  • 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."

    Music Notation and Terminology

  • 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.

    Music Notation and Terminology

  • 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.

    Peeps At Many Lands: Australia


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