STOCKTON (Stockton)

Composer: John H. Stockton

Stockton, John Hart, a Methodist minister, was born in 1813, and died in 1877. He was a member of the New Jersey Annual Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and the successive pastoral charges that he filled as a member of that Conference are found in the Conference Journal. He was not only a preacher, but a musician and composer of tunes, as well as hymn writer. He published two gospel song books: Salvation Melodies, 1874, and Precious Songs, 1875. Hymn Writers of the Church by Charles Nutter, 1911… Go to person page >

Tune Information

Title: STOCKTON (Stockton)
Composer: John H. Stockton (1874)
Meter: 8.6.8.6 with refrain
Incipit: 55651 33215 53123
Key: G Major
Copyright: Public Domain

Notes

John H. Stockton (b. New Hope, PA, 1813; d. Philadelphia, PA, 1877) composed MINERVA for one of his own gospel-hymn texts, "Come, Every Soul by Sin Oppressed." The tune was published in his Salvation Melodies No.1 (1874); however, it had also been published earlier in Joyful Songs Nos. 1-3 Combined (1869) with the note "arr. by W. G. Fischer, by permission."

The significance of the tune title MINERVA is unknown, unless for some reason it refers to the mythical Roman goddess of wisdom. It is also sometimes known as STOCKTON, after its composer.

Although born into a Presbyterian home, Stockton was converted at the age of twenty-one in a Methodist revival meeting. He became a lay preacher in the Methodist Church in 1844 and was ordained in 1857. After serving several pastorates in New Jersey, he retired in 1874 due to ill health. Throughout his ministry he was strongly interested in evangelism and music. When Dwight 1. Moody and Ira D. Sankey held their revival meetings in Philadelphia, Stockton assisted them and wrote several gospel songs and tunes for their use. He published two collections of hymns: Salvation Melodies (1874) and Precious Songs (1875).

MINERVA is a simple tune in ABB'B form with one consistent rhythmic pattern and the simple harmonization common to many gospel hymns–and thus is easy for guitar. Sing this tune in harmony at a lively tempo using crisp rhythms over a legato organ pedal. The descant was composed by Dale Grotenhuis (PHH 4) in 1976 as part of a collection of descants for the 1959 edition of the Psalter Hymnal.

--Psalter Hymnal Handbook, 1988

Arrangements

Harmonizations, Introductions, Descants, Intonations: Piano

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    Composer/Editor Jack Taylor
    Published By: Stamps-Baxter Music (1984) pp. 16

Harmonizations, Introductions, Descants, Intonations

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    Published By: Kevin Mayhew Ltd. (2011) pp. 272
  • 200 Last Verses: Completely Revised to Complement the Keys in Major Hymn Books
    Composer/Editor Noel Rawsthorne
    Published By: Kevin Mayhew Ltd. (2009) pp. 171
  • The Really Big Descant Book - Full Music Edition: 250 Settings to Raise the Roof by the World's Finest Church Music Composers
    Composer/Editor Mark Wardell
    Published By: Kevin Mayhew Ltd. (2009) pp. 212
  • Hymns Re-Harmonized Piano Solo Keepsake Edition: Creative Chords for the Church Accompanist - 110 Favorites with Chord Symbols and Modulation Charts!
    Composer/Editor Carol McMillen Tornquist
    Published By: Word Music Group, LLC (2006) pp. 168
  • World's Greatest Hymns for Piano & Voice: 70 of the Most Inspirational Melodies Suitable for Solo Piano Performance or as an Accompaniment
    Composer/Editor Jerry Ray
    Published By: Alfred Music Publishing Company, Inc. (2002) pp. 38
  • Last Verse Extravaganza for Organ: 200 Fabulous Arrangements
    Published By: Kevin Mayhew Ltd. (2001) pp. 173
  • Hymns Re-Harmonized 50 Favorites: Creative Chords for the Church Accompanist
    Composer/Editor Carol McMillen Tornquist
    Published By: Word Music Group, LLC (2000) pp. 82
  • The Ultimate Finishing Touch: Last-verse Arrangements of Well-loved Hymn Tunes
    Composer/Editor Harrison Oxley
    Published By: Kevin Mayhew Ltd. (2000) pp. 134
  • More Hymns for Occasions: One Hundred Special Arrangements
    Composer/Editor Colin Mawby
    Published By: Kevin Mayhew Ltd. (1997) pp. 85
  • After the Last Verse: 200 Hymn Improvisations
    Composer/Editor Malcolm Archer
    Published By: Kevin Mayhew Ltd. (1995) pp. 170
  • PedalPoint January February March 1987 Volume 6 Number 1: Church Music and Study Helps for Pianists and Organists
    Composer/Editors Sharron Lyon; James Richardson
    Published By: The Sunday School Board of the Southern Baptist Convention (1987) pp. 29
  • Pedalpoint January February March 1987 Volume 6, Number 1: Church Music and Study Helps for Pianists and Organists
    Composer/Editors Sharron Lyon; Raymond H. Herbek
    Published By: The Sunday School Board of the Southern Baptist Convention (1987) pp. 29
  • The Piano Hymnal: 200 Favorite Hymn Arrangements
    Composer/Editor David Smither
    Published By: Trinity House Publishing, Inc. (1985) pp. 137
  • 113 Variations on Hymn Tunes for Organ
    Composer/Editor George Thalben-Ball
    Published By: Novello and Company Limited (1969) pp. 94

Organ Solo

  • The Organist Volume 115 Number 2 May June 2011: The Service Music Companion for Church Organists
    Composer/Editors Gilbert M. Martin; Robert J. Hughes
    Published By: Lorenz Publishing Company (2011) pp. 48
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    Composer/Editor James Southbridge
    Published By: Lorenz Publishing Company (2009) pp. 29
  • Easy Organ Library Volume 41: A Collection of Organ Voluntaries for Church Use
    Composer/Editor Gilbert M. Martin
    Published By: Lorenz Publishing Company (2007) pp. 96
  • Composer/Editor Lani Smith
    Published By: Lorenz Publishing Company (2005) pp. 27
  • PedalPoint Volume 23 Number 4 July August September 2004: Church Music and Study Helps for Pianists and Organists
    Composer/Editors Mark Johnson; Frank W. Breazeale
    Published By: The Sunday School Board of the Southern Baptist Convention (2004) pp. 24
  • The Organist Volume 106 Number 3 July August 2002: The Service Music Companion for Church Organists
    Composer/Editors Gilbert M. Martin; Edward Broughton
    Published By: Lorenz Publishing Company (2002) pp. 89
  • Preludes on the Great Hymn Tunes of Lent, Holy Week and Easter
    Composer/Editor Betty Roe
    Published By: Kevin Mayhew Ltd. (1999) pp. 46
  • 64 Hymn Preludes for Organ:
    Published By: Kevin Mayhew Ltd. (1998) pp. 124
  • Gospel Meditations: For Organ
    Composer/Editor Jon Spong
    Published By: Belwin-Mills Publishing Corporation (1996) pp. 14
  • Hymn Preludes for Lent, Holy Week, and Easter
    Composer/Editors Rosalind Dean; Tamzin Howard; Noel Rawsthorne
    Published By: Kevin Mayhew Ltd. (1995) pp. 26
  • Thine Is the Glory: Hymn Arrangements for Organ
    Composer/Editor Gayden C. Sikes
    Published By: Broadman Press (1995) pp. 24
  • PedalPoint Volume 13 Number 4 July August September 1994: Church Music and Study Helps for Pianists and Organists
    Composer/Editors Sharron Lyon; Gayden C. Sikes
    Published By: The Sunday School Board of the Southern Baptist Convention (1994) pp. 20
  • Grand Old Gospel: 14 Favorites for Organ
    Composer/Editor Harold H. DeCou
    Published By: Lorenz Publishing Company (1992) pp. 46
  • Come, All Christians, Be Committed: For Organ
    Composer/Editor Sharron Lyon
    Published By: Broadman Press (1989) pp. 31
  • PedalPoint Volume 6 Number 2 January February March 1987: Church Music and Study Helps for Pianists and Organists
    Composer/Editors Sharron Lyon; Jerome Malek
    Published By: The Sunday School Board of the Southern Baptist Convention (1987) pp. 29
  • Gospel Hymn Voluntaries Number Four: For the Organ
    Composer/Editor Robert J. Hughes
    Published By: Lorenz Publishing Company (1981) pp. 26
  • A Treasury of Gospel Favorites for Organ No. 2
    Composer/Editors Lani Smith; Robert J. Hughes
    Published By: Lorenz Publishing Company (1978) pp. 16
  • The Organist Volume 81 Number 3 July 1977: A Bi-monthly Publication for Church Organists
    Composer/Editors Roger C. Wilson; Robert J. Hughes
    Published By: Lorenz Publishing Company (1977) pp. 36
  • Gospel Hymn Medleys No. 1
    Composer/Editor Robert J. Hughes
    Published By: Lorenz Publishing Company (1973) pp. 25
  • 113 Variations on Hymn Tunes for Organ
    Composer/Editor George Thalben-Ball
    Published By: Novello and Company Limited (1969) pp. 94
  • Lorenz's Organ Album No. 33: Three-Staff Voluntaries for the Church Organ
    Composer/Editor Van Denman Thompson
    Published By: Lorenz Publishing Company (1961) pp. 59
  • The Organ Portfolio Volume 24 Number 6 August 1961: A Bi-Monthly Magazine for Church Organists
    Composer/Editors Ellen Jane Lorenz; Van Denman Thompson
    Published By: Lorenz Publishing Company (1961) pp. 59
  • The Amateur Organist Number 6: A Collection of Organ Voluntaries for Church Use
    Composer/Editor Carl Wilhelm Kern
    Published By: Lorenz Publishing Company (1948) pp. 24

Piano Solo

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    Composer/Editor Ruth Elaine Schram
    Published By: Lorenz Publishing Company (2016) pp. 26
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    Composer/Editors Larry Shackley; Ruth Elaine Schram
    Published By: Lorenz Publishing Company (2015) pp. 26
  • Playing for Church: Intermediate
    Composer/Editors Harold H. DeCou; Charise Webster
    Published By: North Valley Publications (2014) pp. 28
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    Composer/Editor Carolyn Hamlin
    Published By: Hal Leonard Publishing Corporation (2010) pp. 6
  • The Complete Worship Suites: 18 Expressive Suites Arranged for Solo Piano Correlated with Scriptural Themes
    Composer/Editor Larry Dalton
    Published By: Alfred Music Publishing Company, Inc. (2009) pp. 124
  • Hold the Fort: Advanced Piano Solos
    Composer/Editor Rebecca Bonam
    Published By: SoundForth (2007) pp. 10
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    Composer/Editor Don Phillips
    Published By: The FJH Music Company, Inc. (2007) pp. 11
  • Consecration: Worship Suite for Advanced Solo Piano
    Composer/Editor Larry Dalton
    Published By: Alfred Music Publishing Company, Inc. (2005) pp. 6
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    Composer/Editor Larry Dalton
    Published By: Alfred Music Publishing Company, Inc. (2005) pp. 6
  • Worship Suites: Incidental Music for Service and Sacrament
    Composer/Editor Don Wyrtzen
    Published By: The FJH Music Company, Inc. (2005) pp. 58
  • 33 Contemporary Hymns for Solo Piano: Yesterday's Songs for Today's Worship
    Composer/Editors Carol McMillen Tornquist; Bill Wolaver
    Published By: Word Music Group, LLC (2003) pp. 100
  • Promises for the Journey of Faith: Arrangements for Piano Solo
    Composer/Editor James Michael Stevens
    Published By: GlorySound (2001) pp. 14
  • Hymnproviser 3 (Piano Series): Solos of Meditation & Worship
    Composer/Editors Shelly Hamilton; Christiane Emory
    Published By: Majesty Music, Inc. (2000) pp. 32
  • Quiet Time Piano Volume Four Precious Memories: Simply Beautiful Arrangements for Private Moments of Inspiration & Relaxation
    Composer/Editor Dick Bolks
    Published By: Jolica Music (1995) pp. 38
  • Don Wyrtzen Piano
    Composer/Editor Don Wyrtzen
    Published By: Hope Publishing Company (1994) pp. 30
  • This Is My Song: Hymn Arrangements and Service Music for the Church Pianist
    Composer/Editors Bruce Greer; Anna Laura Page
    Published By: Word Music Group, LLC (1993) pp. 40
  • Medleys of Praise
    Composer/Editor Don Wyrtzen
    Published By: GlorySound (1992) pp. 59
  • Medleys of Praise: Arranged for Piano
    Composer/Editor Don Wyrtzen
    Published By: GlorySound (1992) pp. 60
  • Dino - All Creation Sings
    Composer/Editor Dino Kartsonakis
    Published By: The Benson Company, Inc. (1991) pp. 11
  • Piano Praise Volume 1: Hymn Arrangements for Solo Piano
    Composer/Editor J. D. Houser
    Published By: Light of the World Music (1990) pp. 13
  • Timeless: Hymn Classics for Solo Piano Volume Two
    Composer/Editor Carol McMillen Tornquist
    Published By: Singspiration Music, Inc. (1986) pp. 41
  • Only Trust Him: Piano Arrangements for Worship
    Composer/Editor Crystal Davis Clay
    Published By: Broadman Press (1985) pp. 1
  • Praise, My Soul, the King of Heaven: For the Church Pianist
    Composer/Editors Sharron Lyon; Jeff Perks
    Published By: Broadman Press (1985) pp. 30
  • The Piano Hymnal: 200 Favorite Hymn Arrangements
    Composer/Editor David Smither
    Published By: Trinity House Publishing, Inc. (1985) pp. 137
  • Piano for You: Piano Solo Arrangements for Church and Home
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    Published By: Lexicon Music, Inc. (1982) pp. 4
  • Ron Boud Piano Stylings
    Composer/Editor Ron Boud
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Piano Duet+: Piano Duet One Piano

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    Composer/Editor Rebecca Bonam
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Voices: Vocal Solo

  • Hymns: 150 Beloved Hymns Piano / Vocal /Guitar
    Published By: Hal Leonard Publishing Corporation (2008) pp. 230
  • World's Greatest Hymns: For Piano and Voice
    Composer/Editor Jerry Ray
    Published By: Alfred Music Publishing Company, Inc. (2002) pp. 38

Voices: Keyboard and Voices

  • World's Greatest Hymns for Piano & Voice: 70 of the Most Inspirational Melodies Suitable for Solo Piano Performance or as an Accompaniment
    Composer/Editor Jerry Ray
    Published By: Alfred Music Publishing Company, Inc. (2002) pp. 38

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