More musical pretensions

by Richard on August 31, 2004

I need your help. I think i’ve written another hymn tune, but can’t be sure I haven’t just pinched it from somewhere. If you can face listening to a very quick and dirty recording of my tinwhistling, I’d appreciate knowing if you recognise it from anywhere. (If you think it’s loathsome, I don’t need to know that — my ego has taken enough this week!)
Derivative? Probably. But I think it is singable, and that’s surely the most important thing in a hymn tune. If I can claim it as mine, I’m calling it Qwestor for a special friend who knows who he is. If I can’t, I apologise to whoever’s music I’ve stolen.

For those who are interested, it came to me while reading the words of one of Fred Pratt Green’s hymns, “Now it is evening”. The first verse goes

Now it is evening: Lights of the city
bid us remember Christ is our light.
Many are lonely, who will be neighbour?
Where there is caring Christ is our light.

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Bene Diction 08.31.04 at 1:56 pm

Interesting…using a downward scale and drops of a third suits those particular words, like the falling of evening. Have you words yet?
Quite singable, can’t say I’ve heard it.


david 08.31.04 at 2:12 pm

Sounds pretty original to me. Sounds good, too.


Richard 08.31.04 at 2:23 pm

There are more verses than the one I quoted, but I’m reticent about quoting them all because of the copyright issue.
Thanks for the feedback!


Ian McKenzie 08.31.04 at 3:51 pm

I’ve not heard that before, but I’m hardly a repository of all tunes. Having written a few tunes myself and turned others into band and choral arrangements, I’ve found that I end up with snippets of musical ideas that have come from other sources. I guess part of maturing in the craft is developing your own voice. And your voice doesn’t sound too bad.


Richard 08.31.04 at 4:02 pm

You wouldn’t say that if I’d been singing!


michelle 08.31.04 at 5:18 pm

i like it. :)

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