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The joy of singing in canon: guidelines and resources for using canons in worship, page 2 of 2

FOREST GREEN (one measure)

[See accompaniment in All Praise to You Eternal God by Donald Busarow.]
"All Beautiful the March of Days"; "... the year in beauty flows ..." (v. 3)
[PH 292.RL 9]



"As Those of Old Their Firstfruits Brought"; "... but share your love with neighbors, too..."
[PH 414]


"Eternal God, Whose Power Upholds"; "... in speech that flows to melody..." (v. 4)
[PH 412]


"Eternal Spirit, God of Truth"; sing in canon on v. 1, joining in unison for v. 2: "that we in singleness of heart"
[PsH 422]


"I Sing the Almighty Power of God"; ",.. where'er I turn my eye ..." (v. 3)
[TH 119]


"O Little Town of Bethlehem"; "... cast out our sin and enter in..." (v. 4)
[RL 193]


*FOUNDATION (one measure)

[This may be sung effectively in three- or four-voice canon; see accompaniment in All Praise to you God by Donald Busarow.]

"How Firm a Foundation"; "... when through the deep waters ..." (v. 3)
[PsH 500, PH 362, RL 172, TH 94]


HAF TRONES LAMPA FARDIG

[See accompaniment in Thirty More Accompaniment for Singing in Canon by Donald Busarow.]

HANOVER (one measure)

[See accompaniment in Thirty More Accompaniment for Singing in Canon by Donald Busarow.]

"My People Give Ear, Attend to My Word"; "... the waters divide..." (v. 5)
[TH 366]


"O Worship the King"; "... it streams from the hills..." (v. 4)
[RL 2]


"Sing Praise to the Lord"; "... with dancing and song..." (v. 2)
[PsH 149]


"You Servants of God, Your Master Proclaim"; "... though hid from our sight..." (v. 2)
[PsH 477, PH 477, RL 598 (alt. tune)]

HERZLICH TUT MICH VERLANGEN/PASSION
CHORALE (one measure)

"O Sacred Head, Now Wounded"; "... scornfully surrounded" (v. 1) or "... mercy without end" (v. 3)
[PsH 98, PH 383, RL 300, TH 247]


HERZLIEBSTER JESU (one measure)

[Will create dissonance appropriate to the text; see accompaniment in All Praise to
You eternal God by Donald Busarow.]


"Ah, Holy Jesus, How Have You Offended"; "... I crucified thee ..." (v. 2)
[RL 285, TH 248, PH 93, PsH 386]


*HOLY MANNA (one measure)

[See accompaniment in All Praise to You eternal God by Donald Busarow.]

"Brethren, We Have Met to Worship"; "... struggling hard with sin ..." (v. 3)
[TH 381]


"God, the Father of Your People"; sing verse 1 in canon, verse 2 in unison "... may we now remain in union ..."
[PsH 322]


"God, Who Stretched the Spangled Heavens"; "We have ventured worlds undreamed of..." (v. 2)
[PH 268,RL 29]


"Holy Spirit, Ever Diwelling"; "... thee we praise with endless worship..." (v. 2)
[RL 381]


IN DULCI JUBILO (one measure)

[See setting in Stern; see accompaniment in Thirty More Accompaniments for Singing in Canon by Donald Busarow.]

"Good Christian Friends, Rejoice"; "... now ye hear of endless bliss..." (v. 2)
[PsH 355,PH 28,RL 218]


KING'S WESTON (one measure)

"At The Name of Jesus"; "... bore it up triumphant ..." (v. 3)
[PsH 467, PH 148, RL 336, TH 163]


"Jesus, Lord, Redeemer"; "... faithful ones communing ..." (v. 2)
[TH 285]


KINGSFOLD (one measure)

[See accompaniment in Thirty More Accompaniments for Singing in Canon by Donald Busarow.]

"My God, My God, O Why Have You Forsaken Me"; "... they wag their heads in mockery ..." (v. 3)
[TH 79]


"O Sing a Song of Bethlehem";"... on all the winds that blow" (v. 2)
[PH 308,RL 356]


"Song of Zechariah"; "... whose seed a mighty race should be..." (v. 3)
[PH 601]


"Today We All Are Called to Be Disciples";"... as in a mighty stream..." (v. 3)
[PH 434]


"We Sing the Mighty Power of God"; "... and everywhere that we can be, you, God, are present there..." (v. 3)
[PsH 430]


KING'S LYNN

[See accompaniment in Thirty More Accompaniments for Singing in Canon by Donald Busarow.]

"O Faithless, Fearful Army"; "... through oceans stormy..." (sing v. 1 twice, the second time in canon)
[RL 395]


KLOKJE KLINGT (one measure)

"Lord, I Pray";"... I should stray..." (v. 3)
[PH 268]


*LAND OF REST (one measure)

[See accompaniment in All Praise to You Eternal Cod by Donald Busarow.]

"I Come with Joy to Meet My Lord"; sing w. 1-2, in unison; vv. 3-5 "each proud division ends..."
[PsH 311,RL 534]


"Lord, When I Came into This Life"; "... within the circle of faith..." (v. 2)
[PH 522]


"O Jesus, King Most Wonderful";"... then earthly vanities depart..." (v. 2)
[RL 360]


"Song of Simeon"; "... glory dwelling in our midst..." (v. 2)
[PH 603]


LASST UNS EFRUEN (one measure)

[See anthem setting by Robert Shaw (G. Scliirmer 9909). Sing first two phrases in unison, the Alleluias in unison, etc.]

"A Hymn of Glory Let Us Sing"; "The holy apostolic band..." (v. 2)
[TH 289]


"All Creatures of Our God and King";"... Thou rushing wind that art so strong..." (v. 2)
[PsH 431, PH 455, RL 4, TH 115]


"From All Tliat Dwell Beloiv the Skies"; "in every land begin the song..." (v. 2)
[PH 229, RL 126]


"Praise God from Whom All Blessings FLow"
[TH 733]


"Ye Watchers and Ye Holy Ones";"... supernal anthems echoing..." (v. 3)
[PH 451]


LEONI

[See accompaniment in Thirty More Accompaniments for Singing in Canon by Donald Busarow.]

"0 God of Earth and Space"; "... we follow, strengthened by Your grace..." (v. 4)
[PH 274]


"Praise to the Living God";"... spirit floweth free..." (v. 3)
[RL 6]


"Shine Thou upon Us, Lord"; "where'er he leads them go..." (v. 3)
[TH 411]


"The God of Abraham Praise"; "... and endless praise..." (v. 5)
[PsH 621, PH 488, RL 595, TH 34]


LINDSBORG

[See accompaniment in Thirty More Accompaniments for Singing in Canon by Donald Busarow.]

LITTLE FLOCK

[See accompaniment in Tlhirty Moiv Accompaniments for Singing in Canon by Donald Busarow.]

"Have No Fear, Little Flock";"... uplift and restore you..." (v. 3)
[PsH 366]


LOBE DEN HERREN (two measures)

[See setting in Stem.]

"Praise to the Lord, the Almighty"; "... shelters thee under his wings..." (v. 2)
[PsH 253, PH 482, RL 145, TH 53]


LOBT GOTT, IHR CHRISTEN (one measure)

[See accompaniment in Thirty More Accompaniments for Singing in Canon by Donald Busarow.]

"The People Who in Darkness Walked";"... his reign shall never end" (v. 5)
[PsH 192]


LORD, REVIVE US (two measures)

[See accompaniment in All Pmise to Yon Eternal Cod by Donald Busarow.]

"Surely It Is God Wlio Saves Me"; either or both verses
[PsH 193]


MORNING SONG/CONSOLATION (one measure)

[See accompaniment in Thirty More Accompaniments for Singing in Canon by Donald Busarow.]

"Awake, Awake to Love and Work"; "... to give and give and give again..." (v. 3)
[RL 480]


"O Holy City, Seen of John";"... that city rises fair..." (v. 4)
[PH 453]


"Song of Mary"; "... casts the mighty from their throne ..." (v. 4)
[PH 600]


"The King Shall Come Wlien Morning Dawns"; "... like the sun..." (v. 2)
[PH 615]


NETTLETON (one measure)

"Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing"; "... Jesus sought me... wandering..." (v. 2)
[PsH 486, PH 356, RL 449, TH 4571]


"Wotanin Waste Hahon Po/Hear the Good Neios of Salvation"; either or both stanzas
[PH 355]


*NEW BRITAIN/AMAZING GRACE (one measure)

[This may be sung effectively in three- or four-voice canon; see accompaniment in All Piaise to Yon Eternal Cod by Donald Busarow.]

"Amazing Grace, How Sweet the Sound"; "... through many dangers, toils and snares..." (v. 3) or "... ten thousand years..." (v. 5; sing this final verse twice to suggest the everlasting praise of God in heaven)
[PsH 462, PH 280, RL 456, TH 460]


NOEL NOUVELET (one measure)

"Welcome, Happy Morning!";"... tread the path of darkness..." (v. 3)
[TH 268]


NUN DANKET ALLE GOTT (six beats)

[See settings in Stern, Schalk, set 1, with melodic alterations.]

"Noiv Thank We All Our God; "... and guide us when perplexed..." (v. 2)
[PsH 454, PH 555, RL 61, TH 98]


NUN DANKET ALL'/GRAFENBURG

(one measure)

[Will create dissonance in third phrase; use in three-part canon with choir.]
"Jesus, Tliese Eyes Have Never Seen";"... unseen but not unknown..."
[RL 287]



"This Is the Day the Lord Has Made" (Psalm 118); "... shall now resound with praise.. '.' (v. 4)
[PH 230]


"Spirit Divine, Attend Our Prayers"; "Come as the fire..." (v. 3)
[PsH 421, PH 325]
OLD 124TH (see TOULON)

ORIENTIS PARTIBUS (one measure)

"Christ the Lord Is Risen Today"; "... Soar we now where Christ has led ..." (v. 3)
[RL 325]


"Hallelujah, Praise the Lord";"... tapping foot and clapping hand ..." (v. 3)
[PsH 189]


PICARDY (one measure)

"Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence";"... stream before him on the way..." (v. 3)
[PsH 341, PH 5, RL 188, TH 193]


"Sing, My Tongue, How Glorious Battle"; "... all created tilings repeat..." (v. 8)
[RL 289]


PLEADING SAVIOR (one measure)

"All the Way My Savior Leads Me";"... cheers the winding path I tread ..." (v. 2)
[RL 458]


"Jesus, Our Divine Companion";"... You have come to join the workers..." (v. 2)
[PH 305]


"Lord, Whose Love in Humble Service"; "Still your children wander homeless..." (v. 2)
[PsH603]


PUER NOBIS (one measure)

[See setting in Schalk, set 1, with melodic alterations; see accompaniment in All Praise to You Eternal Cod by Donald Busarow.]

"Lord, Thou Hast Searched Me"; "... whither from thy presence flee..." (v. 3)
[TH 361]


"On Jordan's Bank the Baptist's Cry"; "... Stretch forth your hand ..." (v. 4)
[PsH 327]


"O Splendor of God's Glory Bright";"... shower down thy radiance from above..." (v. 2)
[RL 76,PH 474]


"That Easter Day with Joy Was Bright"; "... with us abide..." (v. 3)
[PH 121,RL 313,TH 278]


"The Lamb's High Banquet"; "... death to endless life restored ..." (v. 6)
[RL 314]


"What Star Is This, with Beams So Bright"; "... impels us on to seek your face..." (v. 3)
[PH 68,RL 227]


PUER NOBIS NASCITUR

[See accompaniment in Thirty More Accompaniments for Singing in Canon by Donald Busarow. Note: The names PUER NOBIS and PUER NOBIS NASCITUR are each used to refer to two different hymn tunes in various hymnals.]

"Unto Us a Boy Is Bom";"... peals of glee..." (v. 5)
[RL 226]


RESIGNATION (one measure)

[See accompaniment in All Praise to You Eternal Cod by Donald Busarow.]

"My Shepherd Will Supply My Need"; "... he brings my wandering spirit back..." (v.l)
[PsH 550,PH 172,RL 91]


RESTORATION (one measure)

[See accompaniment in Thirty More Accompaniments pr Singing in Canon by Donald Busarow.]

"Father in Heaven"; "... songs never ceasing.. ." (v. 1)
[PsH 252]


ROK NOVY (one measure)

[See accompaniment in Thirty More Accompaniments for Singing in Canon by Donald Busarow.]

"Now Greet the Swiftly Changing Year"; "... as Lord to lead our way..." (v. 5)
[PsH 444]


"The Lord Almighty Spoke the Word"; "... the Word proclaim..." (v. 3)
[PsH 283]


ST. COLUMBA (two measures)

[See accompaniment in All Praise to You Eternal Cod by Donald Busarow.]

"How Sweet and Awesome Is the Place"; "... all our songs join..." (v. 2)
[TH 469]


"The Great Creator of the Worlds"; "... he dwelt with us..." (v. 4)
[RL 350]


"The King of Love My Shepherd Is"; "... oft I've strayed ..." (v. 3)
[PH 171,RL 267]


ST. FLAVIAN (one measure)

[See accompaniment in Thirty More Accompaniments for Singing in Canon by Donald Busarow.]

"Be Known to Us in Breaking Bread"; "... our immortal food..." (v. 2)
[PH 505]


"Fill Thou My Life, O Lord My God"; "... all my life, in ev'ry step..." (v. 6)
[TH 589]


"From Thee All Skill and Science Flow"; "... shall fill the earth..." (v. 3)
[RL 28]


"In Sweet Communion, Lord, with Thee"; "... shall guide me..." (v. 2)
[TH 657]


"Lord, Who Throughout These Forty Days"; "... unending joy..." (v. 4)
[PH 81]


"Save Me, O God; I Sink in Floods"; "... from surging floods..." (v. 5)
[PsH 69]


"When in the Night I Meditate"; "... and pleasures evermore..." (v. 5)
[PH 65]


ST. MAGNUS (one measure)

[See accompaniment in Thirty More Accompaniments for Singing in Canon by Donald Busarow.]

"The Head That Once Was Crowned with Thorns"; "... their everlasting theme..."
[PsH 411, PH 149, RL 335, TH 298]


"The Lord Will Come and Not Be Slow"; "... shall bud and blossom then..." (v. 2)
[TH 367]


"With Songs and Honors Sounding Loud"; "... showers of blessing down..." (v. 2)
[TH 127]


ST. MICHAEL (one measure)

[See accompaniment in Thirty More Accompaniments for Singing in Canon by Donald Busarow]

"Grace! Tis a Charming Sound"; "... my wandering feet..." (v. 3)
[TH 462]


"Jesus Invites His Saints";"... we are but several parts..." (v. 4)
[RL 540]


"O Bless the Lord, My Soul"; "... and makes you young again..." (v. 3)
[TH 78]


"O Day of God, Draw Nigh";"... as at creation's birth ..." (v. 5)
[PH 452]


"Our Heavenly Father";"... guide us to the end..." (v. 4)
[RL 262]


SALVATION (one measure)

"In My Distress I Call to God"; either or both verses
[PsH 120]


"Our Cities Cry to You, O God"; "Yet still you walk our streets, O Christ..." (v. 2)
[PH 437]


"To Thank the Lord Our God" (Psalm 92); "How great are thy works..." (v. 2)
[RL 116]


SICILIAN MARINERS (one measure)

[Will create dissonance.]

"Lord, Dismiss Us with Your Blessing"; sing in canon on the final verse only, to suggest that God's blessing goes with everyone in the dispersing of the congregation
[PsH 320, PH 538, TH 384]


SINE NOMINE (one measure)

"For All the Saints"; any verse, suggesting the march of saints
[PsH 505, PH 526, RL 397, TH 358]


SLANE (one measure)

[See accompaniment in Thirty More Accompaniments for Singing in Canon by Donald Busarow.]

"Be Thou My Vision"; "... now and always ..." (v. 4)
[PH 339,RL 67,TH 558]


"Lord of All Hopefulness"; "... your arms to embrace..." (v. 3)
[PsH 558]


"Lord of Creation, to You Be All Praise"; "... I walk in your freedom..." (v. 5)
[RL 68]


SOUTHWELL (two measures)

[See accompaniment in All Praise to You Eternal Cod by Donald Busarow.]

"Lord Jesus, Think on Me";"... nor let me go astray..." (v. 2)
[PH 301,RL 248]


"O Perfect Life of Love";"... I cling to you in faith..."(v. 5)
[PsH 380]


"Out of the Deep I Call";"... out of the deep I cry..." (v. 2)
[TH 490]


TERRA BEATA (two beats)

[See accompaniment in Reformed Worship 26, p. 34.]

"This Is My Father's World";"... the music of the spheres..." (v 1)
[PsH 436, PH 293, RL 14, TH 111]


TOULON (one measure)

"God of the Prophets"; "... forth may we go..." '
[PsH 521]


"I Greet Thee, Wlto My Sure Redeemer Art"; "... our whole being sway..." (v. 2)
[PH 475]


"Lord of All Good"; "... heart with the flame..." (v. 2)
[PH 375]


"Now Israel May Say, and That in Truth"; "... the raging stream..." (v. 2)
[TH 614]


"Praise Ye the Lord, Ye Servants of the Lord"; "... worship day by day..." (v. 2)
[RL 614]


TRURO (one measure)

[See accompaniment in All Praise to You Eternal God by Donald Busarow.]

"Christ Is Alive! Let Christians Sing"; "... where color, scorn, or wealth divide..." (v. 4)
[PsH 413, PH 108]


"High the Heavens, Eternal God" (Psalm 36); "... mercy like a river flows..." (v. 3)
[RL 99]


"Lift Up Your Heads, Ye Mighty Gates";"... fling wide the portals of your heart..." (v. 3)
[PH 8,RL 185,TH 198]


"Live into Hope"; "... a vision of our God brought near..." (v. 3)
[PH 332]


"Rejoice, All People, Homage Give";"... with a shout/trumpet's sound ..." (v. 3)
[TH 73]


"Shout, for the Blessed Jesus Reigns"; "... may his holy church increase..." (v. 4)
[PsH 539, TH 369]


TWENTY FOURTH (one measure)

[See accompaniment in All Praise to You Eternal God by Donald Busarow.]

"Thou Art the Way";"... must seek him Lord by thee..." (v. 1)
[RL 274]


WACHET AUF (two measures)

[See setting in Stem, Sclialk, set 3.]

"Wake, Awake for Night Is Flying/Sleepers, Wake! A Voice Astounds Us"; "we follow all and heed your call..." (v. 2)
[PsH 613, PH 17, RL 606, TH 317]


WAS GOTT TUT (two beats)

[See settings in Stern.]

"We Thank You, Lord, for You Are Good (Psalm 136)";"... starry lights to rise..." (v. 3)
[PH243]


"What God Ordains Is Always Right"; "You led me by the proper path ..." (v. 2)
[PsH 451, PH 284, TH 108, RL 153]


WIE SCHON LEUCHTET (two beats)

[See setting in Stern, Schalk, set 2, melodic alterations, portion of hymn set canonically. Note alternate rhythms in these settings.]

"How Bright Appears the Morning Star"; "... come, draw near us..." (v. 1)
[PsH 357, RL 35Z PH 69, TH 515]


WELLINGTON SQUARE

[See accompaniment in Thirty More Accompaniments for Singing in Canon by Donald Busarow.]

"Our Voice Would Be a Useless Cry";"... ten thousand times ten thousand..." (v. 3)
[PsH 492]


*WONDROUS LOVE (one measure)

"What Wondrous Love Is This"; "... I'll sing on..." (v. 4)
[PsH 379,PH 85,TH 261]


PLAINSONG AND PENTATONIC HYMNS

The following hymns are either based on plainsong melodies or are derived from the pentatonic (five-note) scale. The nature of their melodies is such that any portion of the melody may be paired with any other portion to create an ethereal harmony. Hence, individual phrases or entire verses of these hymns may be sung canonically.

Generally, a three-voice canon will be sufficient to elicit the desired harmony. This type of canonic singing will create many dissonances and therefore should be used only by choirs. Printed harmonizations should not be used. Instead, instruments can accompany one voice of the canon, or can repeatedly play a fragment of the hymn melody to add to the ethereal quality of the harmony. This type of canonic singing can be extremely effective for use with certain texts, but requires some experimentation to achieve the desired effect.

ADORO TE DEVOTE (any length)

"Thee We Adore, O Hidden Savior, Thee"; "... fountain of goodness..." (v. 3)
[PH 519,RL 552]


ARIRANG (two measures)

"Christ, You Are the Fullness"; "... our life is now hidden with you in God..." (v. 2)
[PsH 229, PH 346]


CONDITOR ALME SIDERUM (any length)

"Creator of the Stars of Night"; "... from age to age eternally..." (v. 4)
[PH 4]


"Lord, Why Have You Forsaken Me" (Psalm 22), "... why are you so far away..." (v. 1)
[PH 168]


"O Radiant Light, O Sun Divine"; "... as daylight fades..." (v. 3)
[PH 548]


CHRIST IST ERSTANDEN (one measure)

[Sing in a chantlike manner, without the printed accompaniment]

"Christ the Lord Ascends to Reign";"... Christ now bids us tell abroad ..." (v. 3)
[PsH 407]


"Christ the Lord Is Risen Again";"... through Christendom it rings ..." (v. 2)
[PH 112,RL 323]


CHRIST LAG IN TODESBANDEN (one measure)

[Sing in a chantlike manner, without the printed accompaniment.]

"Christ Jesus Lay in Death's Strong Bands";"... faith points to it, death passes over..." (v. 3)
[PsH 398, PH 110, RL 324, TH 279]


DIVINUM MYSTERIUM (any length)

[See anthem setting by Robert J. Powell (Concordia, 97-6411) that features canonic use of this hymn.]

"Of the Fathers Love Begotten"; "eternal victory evermore and evermore" (v. 5)
[PsH 342, PH 309, RL 190, TH 162]


HSUAN P'ING (two measures)

"Praise Our God Above"; "God's care like a cloak" (v. 2)
[PH 480]


JESU DULCIS MEMORIA (any length ) "Jesus, Thou Joy of Loving Hearts";"... we drink of thee, the fountainhead..." (v. 2)

[PH 511]

KAHM KAHM (two measures)

"Kahm Kahm hahn Bom Sanaoon/Lonely the Boat"; "... waves billowing high..." (v. 2)
[PH 373]


NUN KOMM, DER HEIDEN HEILAND

(one measure)

[Sing in a chantlike manner, without the printed accompaniment.]

"Savior of the Nations, Come"; "... fill with wonder all the earth..." (v. 1)
[PsH 336,PH 14,RL 189]


PANGE LINGUA (any length)

"Sing, My Tongue, How Glorious Battle"; "... while eternal ages run..." (v. 4)
[RL 290]


SHENG YE QING (one measure)

"Sheng Ye Qing/Holy Night, Blessed Night"; "... earth and heaven ring with praises..." (v. 2)
[PH 33]


TOKYO (one measure)

"Here, O Lord, Your Servants Gather";"... many are the tongues we speak..." (v. 2)
[PsH 251, PH 465]


VENI IMMANUEL (one measure)

"O Come, O Come Immanuel";"... bring us comfort from afar..." (v. 6)
[PsH 328, PH 9, RL 184, TH 194]


VENI CREATOR SPIRITUS (any length)

"Come, Holy Spirit, Our Souls Inspire"; "... perpetual light..." (v. 2)
[PH 125]


"Come, O Creator Spirit, Come";"... with thee to guide..." (v. 5)
[RL 377]


VEXILLA REGIS (any length)

"The Royal Banners Forward Go"; "... forward go ..." (v. 1)
[RL 287]


WEN-TI (two measures)

"May the Lord, Mighty God"; entire hymn
[PH 596]


RESOURCES

All Praise To You Eternal God, Donald Busarow, Augsburg 11-9076. Organ accompaniments for thirty hymn tunes that can be sung in canon.

Creative Hymn-Singing, Alice Parker, Hinshaw Music, Inc. Many suggestions for congregational singing regarding 20 hymns in varying styles.

Hymns in Canon, Hermann Stern, Augsburg 11-9229. Three-part choral settings of hymns in canon with instruments. Each hymn is set in a two-part canon, along with an additional third (alto) voice and instrumental accompaniment.

Thirty More Accompaniments for Hymns in Canon, Donald Busarow, Augsburg 11-10163. Canonic organ accompaniments for thirty additional hymn tunes.

Two-Part Canons on Classic Hymns and Chorales, Sets 1, 2, 3, by Carl Schalk, Concordia Publishing House 98-1762, 1763, 1764. The high frequency of melodic alterations in hymn tunes require that these be used by choirs only.