The Oxford Book of Descants is a definitive collection of 102 descants to well-known hymns, carols, and worship songs. It features descants by a wide range of composers, including contemporary names such as David Willcocks, John Rutter, Malcolm Archer, and Paul Leddington Wright, as well as celebrated twentieth-century church composers such as Alan Gray, Edward Bairstow, Sydney Nicholson, and John Wilson. Published in both full music and melody editions, this is a fully practical collection, with selected descants presented in different keys and with alternative words to match most popular hymnals. The full music edition provides an organ part for each descant while the melody edition contains the descants alone, without their accompanying tunes. With a superb range of descants, ably written and sympathetic to the style and harmony of the original tune, this is an excellent resource that will be welcomed by all choirs and church musicians and will enhance hymn singing at church services.
Julian Elloway studied piano at the Guildhall School of Music and subsequently specialized in piano accompaniment with Paul Hamburger. After university he worked in Brighton as a choir conductor and repetiteur, especially with the University of Sussex Choir, New Sussex Opera and Brighton Festival Chorus, and as Director of Music at St Paul's, West Street, Brighton. He then became Music Editor at OUP. He now works as a freelance musician and music editor.
ABBOT'S LEIGH (in C and D) ; ABERYSTWYTH ; ABRIDGE (in D and C) ; ADESTE, FIDELES ; ALLELUIA No. 1 ; ANGEL VOICES (in D and C) ; ANGELS' SONG ; ANIMA CHRISTI (in F and G) ; AURELIA ; AUS DER TIEFE ; AUSTRIA (in E flat and F) ; BEAUTY FOR BROKENNESS ; BETHLEHEM (in F and G) ; BLAENWERN (in G and F) ; CARLISLE (in E flat and D) ; COE FEN ; CORVEDALE ; CRIMOND ; CROSS OF JESUS (in G and F) ; CRUCIFER (in D and C) ; CWM RHONDDA ; DARWALL'S 148th (in D and C) ; DEUS TUORUM MILITUM (in C and B flat) ; DIX (in A flat and G) ; DOMINUS REGIT ME (in G and F) ; DOWN AMPNEY ; DUKE STREET ; EASTER HYMN ; EISENACH ; ENGLEBERG (in F and G) ; EVENTIDE ; FAITHFUL ONE ; FAITHFULNESS (in E flat and D) ; FATHER, WE ADORE YOU ; FATHER, WE LOVE YOU ; FOREST GREEN ; GERONTIUS (in A flat and G) ; GOD OF THE POOR ; GOD REST YOU MERRY ; GUITING POWER ; HANOVER ; HEINLEIN ; HELMSLEY ; HIGHWOOD ; HOLY IS THE LORD (in A and G) ; HYFRYDOL ; IN CHRIST ALONE (in D and E flat) ; IRBY (in F and G) ; JESUS IS LORD (in G and A flat) ; LASST UNS ERFREUEN (in D and E flat) ; LAUDES DOMINI (in C and B flat) ; LAUDS ; LAUS DEO ; LOBE DEN HERREN (in F and G) ; LORD OF THE YEARS ; LUCKINGTON ; LUX EOI ; MACCABAEUS (in E flat and D) ; MELCOMBE (in E flat and D) ; MELITA ; MENDELSSOHN (in F and G) ; MERTON (in F and E) ; MILES LANE ; MONKLAND ; MONKS GATE ; MORNING HYMN ; MOSCOW ; NEANDER ; NICAEA ; NOEL ; NUN DANKET (in F and E flat) ; ORIEL ; PRAISE, MY SOUL ; PRAXIS PIETATIS (in F and G) ; PUER NOBIS NASCITUR ; QUAM DILECTA ; REDHEAD No. 46 ; REGENT SQUARE ; REPTON ; RICHMOND (in F and G) ; ROCKINGHAM (in D and E flat) ; SAFFRON WALDEN ; ST ALBINUS (in C and B flat) ; ST ANNE ; ST CLEMENT (in A flat and G) ; ST COLUMBA ; ST DENIO (in A flat and G) ; ST GEORGE'S WINDSOR ; ST HELEN ; ST MAGNUS ; SEEK YE FIRST ; SINE NOMINE ; SING HOSANNA (in E flat and D) ; SLANE ; SLANE ; SONG 34 ; STUTTGART (in G and F) ; THE SERVANT KING ; THORNBURY ; TRURO (in D and C) ; UNSER HERRSCHER ; VENI EMMANUEL (metrical version) ; VENI EMMANUEL (plainchant version) ; WAREHAM (in B flat and A) ; WAS LEBET ; WESTMINSTER ABBEY (in A flat and G) ; WINCHESTER NEW ; WINCHESTER OLD ; WOODLANDS ; WOODLANDS