Thaxted (tune)

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The Manse in Thaxted, where Gustav Holst lived from 1917 to 1925.

"Thaxted" is a hymn tune by the English composer Gustav Holst, based on the stately theme from the middle section of the Jupiter movement of his orchestral suite The Planets and named after Thaxted, the English village where he resided much of his life. He adapted the theme in 1921 to fit the patriotic poem "I Vow to Thee, My Country" by Cecil Spring Rice but that was as a unison song with orchestra.[1] It did not appear as a hymn-tune called "Thaxted" until his friend Ralph Vaughan Williams included it in Songs of Praise in 1926.[2] This setting was sung at the funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales in 1997.

Other hymns written to the tune include

Secular songs written to the tune include:

A literary reference appears in "The Adventure of the Lost World",[16] a Sherlock Holmes pastiche written by Dominic Green, where the tune is a major plot element, though the story contains a chronological error in that its Autumn 1918 setting would pre-date the publishing of the tune under the name "Thaxted".

Commercial uses[edit]

  • Sarah Brightman has recorded a song "Running" in 2007. It was the theme song for the IAAF Championships; she performed it at the opening ceremony in Osaka.
  • Maddy Prior includes the tune in two pieces of her 2003 album Lionhearts.[citation needed]
  • 94 WIP, a radio station in Philadelphia, began using the tune as part of a Philadelphia Phillies radio commercial in 2014.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Holst, Imogen, A Thematic Catalogue of Gustav Holst's Music. Faber 1974, page 145
  2. ^ Vaughan Williams & Shaw, Songs of Praise, 1926, Oxford University Press
  3. ^ "O Merciful Redeemer". Retrieved 2014-06-26. 
  4. ^ "We Pledge To One Another". Retrieved 2010-04-24. 
  5. ^ "O God Beyond All Praising". Retrieved 2008-07-01. 
  6. ^ "O Spirit All-Embracing". GIA Publications. Retrieved 2009-05-28. 
  7. ^ "We Praise You and Acknowledge You, O God". Starke, Stephen P. Retrieved 2011-03-30. 
  8. ^ "Resources for Study, Reflection and Prayer". Anglican Church of Canada. Retrieved 2009-04-02. 
  9. ^ "Three Days". OCP. Retrieved 2009-02-16. 
  10. ^ "From Penola's Plains". Marist Melbourne. Retrieved 2010-05-23. 
  11. ^ "Conference Summary for the 175th Semiannual General Conference". 
  12. ^ "Shawnee Press, For the Splendor of Creation". Retrieved 2010-05-27. 
  13. ^ "St Patrick's College, Sutherland". Retrieved 2012-07-09. 
  14. ^ "Article in Forward In Christ". Retrieved 2014-05-20. 
  15. ^ "Lawrence University: College Songs of Past and Present". Retrieved 2008-07-01. 
  16. ^ originally published 2004 online in BBCi Cult Sherlock Holmes Magazine, and reprinted in The Improbable Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, ed. John Joseph Adams. San Francisco: Night Shade Books (ISBN 978-1597801607), 2009.

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