The versification and melody adaptations of the Heidelberg Catechism are provided by Aart Blokhuis, from Burlington, Ontario with melodies that are based on familiar Genevan Psalter and Book of Praise Hymn tunes. Though not all samples are shown here yet, it is hoped that Lord willing, many more will be made available.
The animated play along videos and musical notation are created by Riese Heemskerk @ www.Psalms101.ca. These should hopefully provide a simple musical context that will allow the student to learn, sing, and play along using any musical instrument.
This is a sampling of the congregational singing of Hymn 67 Come Lord Jesus Maranatha. (Canadian Reformed Church Smithville 2017)
The text for Hymn 67 in the Canadian Reformed Book of Praise – Come Lord Jesus Maranatha was co-authored by William Helder and William W.J. VanOene, 1979/2009
John Goss composed the melody for LAUDA ANIMA (Latin for the opening words of Psalm 103) for this text in 1868. (It is in the public domain)
Along with his original harmonizations, intended to interpret the different stanzas, the tune was also included in the appendix to Robert Brown¬ Borthwick’s Supplemental Hymn and Tune Book (1869).
LAUDA ANIMA is one of the finest tunes that arose out of the Victorian era.
A reviewer in The Musical Times, June 1869, said, “It is at once the most beautiful and dignified hymn tune which has lately come under our notice.”
Leaf and Blade
It was a very cold day in December 2018 and Pastor Edwar Dethan visited us briefly at home to teach me a song he had written and that he wanted some accompaniment for at his mission presentation slated later that week, here in Lincoln ON.
Coming in from Timor Indonesia and not being used to our climate he was still stiff and shivering as he quickly picked up a freezing borrowed guitar and could hardly play a note.
None the less he left us with a very wonderful little song based on Lord’s Day 10 from the Heidelberg Catechism that nearly anyone can learn to play.
Now as we live at a time when many are looking for things to teach or do with their stay at home children I thought this might be of interest to some.
For an interesting variation play the D and Em chords in the 5th and 7th position.
Now do you see ….how nothing comes by chance?