Ellacombe


                          Ellacombe

                              Hymns Ancient and Modern, 1868
                                       Mandolin tablature by
                                    Elizabeth T. Knuth, 1998

Key: C


E--||----------|-----------------|-----------------|
A--||--4:------|-3---2-0-----3---|-----------------|
D--||--4:--5---|---------5-------|-2---3---5---5---|
G--||----------|-----------------|-----------------|
           |     |   |_| |   |     |   |   |   |


|-----------------|-0---------------|-----------------|
|-0-2-3---5---5---|-----------------|-3---2-0-----3---|
|-----------------|-------------5---|---------5-------|
|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
  |_| |   |   |     |   |   |   |     |   |_| |   |


|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
|-----------------|-0-2-3---3---2---|-3-----------3-5-|
|-2---3---5---5---|-----------------|-----------------|
|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
  |   |   |   |     |_| |   |   |     |   |   |   |_|


|-0-------0---1---|-----------------|-0-------0---1---|
|-----5-------0---|-5---2-3-5---3-5-|-----5-------0---|
|-----------------|-5-------5-------|-----5-----------|
|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
  |   |   |   |     |   |_| |   |_|   |   |   |   |


|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
|-5---------------|-3---2-0-----3---|-----------------|
|-5-----------5---|---------5-------|-2---3---5---5---|
|-----------------|---------5-------|---------4---5---|
  |   |   |   |     |   |_| |   |     |   |   |   |


|-----------------|-------------||
|-0-2-3---3---2---|-3-----------||
|-----2-----------|-------------||
|-----------------|-------------||
  |_| |   |   |     |   |   |

Meter: 7.6.7.6.D

Ellacombe must be in the running for most hymns set to one tune. I know of:

  1. Hail to the Lord's Anointed (Advent)
  2. Hosanna, Loud Hosanna (Palm Sunday)
  3. The Day of Resurrection (Easter)
  4. Come, Sing with Holy Gladness
  5. Go Make of All Disciples
  6. I Sing the Mighty Power of God
  7. O Day of Rest and Gladness
  8. O God in Whom All Life Begins
  9. Rejoice, Rejoice, Believers
  10. We Limit Not the Truth of God

My favorite of this list is the first, Hail to the Lord's Anointed set to the tune of Ellacombe. Terrific lyrics, bang-up ending.

The tune Ellacombe in its present form first appeared in 1868, in the Appendix to Hymns Ancient and Modern, but it is an adaptation of an older tune--Ave Maria, klarer und lichter Morgenstern--which appeared in Gesangbuch der Herzogl. Wirtembergischen Katholischen Hofkappelle in 1784.

I have seen sheet music for this tune in A, A flat, B flat, and, I think, D. Three sharps, maybe. But four flats? Are they nuts? I have transposed it to C, which should be in a range that ordinary folks can sing and play.

If you like, you can hear a MIDI file of "Ellacombe".


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