Every time we sing “Christ, whose glory fills the skies” I despair a bit. The tune “Ratisbon” is… well, it’s okay, but it’s not anything to really write home about. The other tune suggested in New English Hymnal is just boring.
So I thought I’d write a couple of my own tunes for the same text. It is really a wonderful text, after all! I think that on reflection my tunes aren’t much to write home about either, but here they are anyway.
I wrote the first of these, Gordon Hill, for an RSCM hymn-writing workshop that took place on my birthday. I’ve changed the harmony since then, and I’m not entirely happy with it even now.
The other, Farmer Road, I wrote in the final stages of AcWriMo2012, when I had given up on harmonising everything and was just cranking out tunes. I only harmonised it this afternoon, but technically it’s AcWriMo 28.
CC BY-SA, of course, and the words are public domain.