I have always loved “Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing”, but I also know that there are many settings with its original tune. In this case, I have put it together with the music of “In Humility, Our Savior”, which can also be used for “Love Divine, All Loves Excelling”. (I have included the words for this hymn as an alternate text.) Here’s a video of the tune in the alternate setting:
It is one of my favorite hymns:
Without further ado:
Come Thou Fount (alt) SATB
I did this arrangement for a ward choir director I met on Facebook. She wanted to work on a new arrangement of Ring Out Wild Bells. Having lived in Europe, I remember how the church bells sounded all over the land at the arrival of the new year. It produced an incredible wave of sound. In this arrangement, I have tried to capture some of the “wild bells” that the author might have been thinking about when he wrote this text.
Ring Out Wild Bells Nov 2014
I confess that I have always thought that “Jesus, Once of Humble Birth” could use a different tune. In this case, I have paired it with the familiar Easter melody usually associated with “When I Survey the Wondrous Cross”. This setting is an acapella TTBB arrangement, simple, yet reverent. I hope that you enjoy it.
Jesus Once of Humble Birth
“Hark All Ye Nations” started as a German hymn and is still well-loved their today. The hymn tune it was originally paired with is now sung with English lyrics.
Today, I have kept the original English translation, and have paired it with a six-eight version of the beloved hymn “Blessed Assurance”. Though this hymn tune is not in the current LDS hymnbook, it is beloved throughout many other Christian denominations.
Hark All Ye Nations Simple
Today we have a version of “For the Beauty of the Earth”, set the familiar tune of “Once in Royal David’s City”. I added a new harmonization than the one now in the LDS hymnbook.
For the Beauty of the Earth Simple (alt)
Today, I have an SATB arrangement of “I Need Thee Every Hour” set to the tune of a wonderful Norwegian carol. The tune itself is both beautiful and plaintive and fits the message of the word perfectly.
I Need Thee Every Hour
As a bonus, I have also included a version of the same music with the words of “Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming”, which is a German Christmas carol. Might be a while yet before you need to use that one, but then again, maybe you like to do Christmas in July. The Mormon Tabernacle Choir once recorded a Christmas concert in July in order to send to make into a PBS special, so it does happen.
Lo How a Rose (Simple)
One of favorite switches to make is trading off the melodies of “If You Could Hie to Kolob” and “O Savior, Thou Who Wearest”. In this version, you have the melody of “If You Could Hie to Kolob”, but both sets of words.
If You Could Hie to Kolob_O Savior (Solo)