Composer: John Chetham
Published in 47 hymnals

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Composer: John Chetham

Baptized: Feb­ru­a­ry 4, 1665, Ash­ton-un­der-Lyne, Lan­ca­shire, Eng­land. Buried: 1746, Skip­ton, York­shire, Eng­land. After at­tend­ing Deck­er­field School, then tak­ing or­ders, Che­tham be­came Cur­ate of Skip­ton, North York­shire. His col­lection A Book of Psalmody was first pub­lished in 1718, and had at least ele­ven edi­tions, through 1787. Music: BARRAGH MARLOW WIRKSWORTH --www.hymntime.com/tch/ Go to person page >

Tune Information

Title: AYLESBURY (Chetham)
Composer: John Chetham
Incipit: 15432 15765 45321
Key: a minor
Source: J. Chetham's A Book of Psalmody, 1718;"A Book of Psalm Tunes," by James Green, 5th edition, 1724;From "A Book of Psalm Tunes," by James Green, 5th edition, 1724;A Book of Psalmody, 1718
Copyright: Public Domain


Also called: WIRKSWORTH

WIRKSWORTH was first published in John Chetham's collection A Book of Psalmody (1718) and gained its present shape in James Green's Book of Psalm Tunes (1724). Set in minor tonality, WIRKSWORTH has a folk-like charm. The tune's name derives from the town Wirksworth in Derbyshire, England. Antiphonal performance is desirable for singing the entire group of seven stanzas; each stanza could also be divided so that each group sings one of the Beatitudes. Another option is to alternate unison and harmony singing throughout. Everyone should sing the final stanza.

Samuel S. Wesley (b. London, England, 1810; d. Gloucester, England, 1876) harmonized the tune and published it in his European Psalmist (1872). A grandson of Charles Wesley (PHH 267), Samuel Sebastian was a chorister at the Chapel Royal and sang in St. Paul's Cathedral. He learned composition and organ from his father, Samuel (PHH 1), completed a doctorate in music at Oxford, and composed for piano, organ, and choir. He was organist at Exeter Cathedral (1835-1842), Leeds Parish Church (1842¬1849), Winchester Cathedral (1849-1865), and Gloucester Cathedral (1865-1876). Wesley strove to improve the standards of church music and the status of church musicians; his observations and plans for reform were published as A Few Words on Cathedral Music and the Music System of the Church (1849). He was the musical editor of Charles Kemble's A Selection of Psalms and Hymns (1864) and of the Wellburn Appendix of Original Hymns and Tunes (1875) but is best known as the compiler of The European Psalmist (1872), in which some 130 of the 733 hymn tunes were written by him.

--Psalter Hymnal Handbook


Organ Solo

  • Organist's Choice for Worship and Recital: Voluntaries, Preludes, Hymn Accompaniments, Organ/Piano Duets
    Composer/Editors Herbert Colvin; Fred Bock; Richard Irven Purvis; Gordon Young; Richard Ellsasser; Kurt Kaiser
    Published By: Word Music Group, LLC (1980) pp. 30
  • For Sunday Volume Two: Six Organ Pieces Based on Modal Melodies
    Composer/Editor Herbert Colvin
    Published By: Word Music Group, LLC (1977) pp. 14-19


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