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Only-begotten, Word of God

- arr. Calvert Shenk


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Use: General, Church Dedication
Required Resources: SATB choir, organ
Optional Resources: congregation
Language: English

The tune Iste confessor was found in the Poitiers Antiphoner of 1746, and is also known by the name Rouen. This is most often sung with the hymn text, "Only-begotten, Word of God Eternal," a 19th century translation of the anonymous 9th century hymn, Christe cunctorum.

This text and tune are expertly set here, with organ introduction, accompaniment and interludes. Verse 1 is mostly unison; verse 2 uses SATB harmony, accompanied. Verse 3 modulates to the subdominant, with a quicker eighth note pattern accompanying the hymn tune for unaccompanied voices. The organ enters before verse 4, which is unison with soprano descant. A choral Amen and Picardy third (major ending to a modal or minor piece) finishes the arrangement. The congregation may join the choir in singing melody on verses 1, 2 and 4.

Calvert Shenk (1940-2005) was a prominent traditional Catholic musician of the end of the 20th century in the U.S. He worked at various parishes, including Saint Catherine Church in Milwaukee WI, the Cathedral of Saint Paul in Birmingham AL, and Assumption Grotto Church and Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit. His powerful, forthright arrangement of this sturdy Catholic hymn is dedicated to Jane Errera, the 2001 CNP Palestrina Award winner, and the choir and congregation at her church, Saint Anne Church in Bethlehem PA.


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