Saint-Saens hymn tune from third symphony?
To me it sounded a bit like "To Be A Pilgrim" - John Bunyan's hymn. But that music was written by Vaughan Williams, based on an English folk song. Could the French by poaching English folk songs as well? :-)) * In fact, the organ melody from Saint Saens' 3rd Symphony is not a hymn tune, though Saint-Saens may well have taken a phrase here or there from well-known hymns, and reworked it to make it completely original. The melody was popularised in 1977 as the song "If I Had Words" by Yvonne Keeley and Scott Fitzgerald. The film clip was set in a church, complete with congregation waving their arms, so it may have given the impression it was based on a hymn tune. The only connection to hymns was the use of an organ.
Haydn's Emperor STRING QUARTET, Op. 76 N°3. The second movement is a set of variations on a theme later to be used for the Austrian National Anthem "Gott erhalte unser Kaiser". The tune is also used for the hymn "Glorious things of Thee are spoken" (or any other hymm with 18.104.22.168 syllable distribution). The tune is identifie as 'Austrian Hymn' in many hymnbooks.
That hymn uses a hymn tune known as "Hesperus", written by Henry Baker. It's one of those tunes used by both Cahtolic and Protestant churches. Find any denomination hymn book, and in the back should be a list of "Tune Names" - look for Hesperus. You can look in the general index, too but "Lord Guard and Guide" has bee set to several different tunes (though Hesperus is by far the most common). Alternately: Search…
A standard symphony orchestra can tune to three different members: the principal oboe, the concertmaster, or the solo pianist. The oboist is used to tune whenever there is an oboe in the orchestra, the concertmaster is used whenever there isn't an oboe, and the pianist/keyboardist will play the tuning note if he or she is the soloist for the evening.