EL NATHAN (McGranahan)

Composer: James McGranahan

James McGranahan USA 1840-1907. Born at West Fallowfield, PA, uncle of Hugh McGranahan, and son of a farmer, he farmed during boyhood. Due to his love of music his father let him attend singing school, where he learned to play the bass viol. At age 19 he organized his first singing class and soon became a popular teacher in his area of the state. He became a noted musician and hymns composer. His father was reluctant to let him pursue this career, but he soon made enough money doing it that he was able to hire a replacement farmhand to help his father while he studied music. His father, a wise man, soon realized how his son was being used by God to win souls through his music. He entered the Normal Music School at Genesco, NY, under… Go to person page >

Tune Information

Title: EL NATHAN (McGranahan)
Composer: James McGranahan (1883)
Meter: 8.6.8.6 D
Incipit: 13343 21655 3556
Key: C Major/D Major
Copyright: Public Domain

Notes

James McGranahan (PHH 99), Whittle's song leader, composed EL NATHAN. The tunes title is a pseudonym used by Whittle. A typical gospel hymn tune, EL NATHAN is constructed with a few melodic lines and a very simple harmony, but it is marked by some rhythmic interest. The tune is easily sung in parts. Try singing the stanzas in two long lines. The text of the refrain calls for one long extended phrase; accompanists and choirs using staggered breathing can demonstrate the effectiveness of a musical “communion of the saints” by performing the entire refrain without a break.

--Psalter Hymnal Handbook, 1989

Arrangements

Harmonizations, Introductions, Descants, Intonations

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    Composer/Editor Jerry Ray
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    Composer/Editor David Smither
    Published By: Trinity House Publishing, Inc. (1985) pp. 114

Piano Solo

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    Published By: Lorenz Publishing Company (2019) pp. 3
  • The Church Pianist Volume 30 Number 6 July August 2014: The Pianist's Companion for the Church Year
    Composer/Editors Larry Shackley; Jan Alexander
    Published By: Lorenz Publishing Company (2014) pp. 28
  • The Church Pianist's Library Volume 12
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    Published By: Lorenz Publishing Company (2012) pp. 2
  • The Church Pianist Volume 28 Number 5 May June 2012: The Pianist's Companion for the Church Year
    Composer/Editors Larry F. Pugh; Ruth Elaine Schram
    Published By: Lorenz Publishing Company (2012) pp. 41
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    Composer/Editor Hojun Lee
    Published By: Hal Leonard Publishing Corporation (2011) pp. 20
  • The Church Pianist Volume 27 Number 1 September October 2010: The Pianist's Companion for the Church Year
    Composer/Editors Larry F. Pugh; Lloyd A. Larson
    Published By: Lorenz Publishing Company (2010) pp. 10
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    Composer/Editor Brittany Thompson
    Published By: Bill Rice Ranch, Inc. (2004) pp. 22
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    Composer/Editor Faye Lopez
    Published By: The Willis Music Company (2002) pp. 67
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    Composer/Editor Marilyn White
    Published By: Lillenas Publishing Company (2001) pp. 20
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    Composer/Editor Rebecca Bonham
    Published By: SoundForth (2001) pp. 1
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    Composer/Editor Bruce Greer
    Published By: Lillenas Publishing Company (1998) pp. 10
  • My Savior First of All: Favorite Hymn Arrangements for Piano
    Composer/Editor Michael Cox
    Published By: Lorenz Publishing Company (1997) pp. 8
  • HymnNotes 3 Intermediate Level: HN203
    Composer/Editors David G. Parker; Roger Van Massdam
    Published By: C & L Enterprises, Inc. (1995) pp. 12
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    Composer/Editors David G. Parker; Roger Van Massdam
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  • The Church Pianist Volume 12 Number 1 September October 1995: The Pianist's Companion for the Church Year
    Composer/Editors Hugh S. Livingston, Jr.; Scott D. Oyer
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    Composer/Editor Carol McMillen Tornquist
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    Composer/Editors Hugh S. Livingston, Jr.; Michael Cox
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    Composer/Editor Geoffrey R. Lorenz
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Organ Solo

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    Composer/Editor Ethel Tench Rogers
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    Composer/Editor Ethel Tench Rogers
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    Composer/Editor Roger C. Wilson
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Piano and Organ Duet

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Piano Duet+: Piano Duet One Piano

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Instruments: Piano and Keyboard Duets

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    Composer/Editor Teresa Patterson Wilhelmi
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Voices: Vocal Solo

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    Composer/Editor Jerry Ray
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Voices: Keyboard and Voices

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    Published By: Alfred Music Publishing Company, Inc. (2002) pp. 8

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