1823-1876
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John B. Dykes (1823-1876)

March 10, 1823, Kingston upon Hull, England.

January 22, 1876, Ticehurst, Sussex, England.

St. Oswald’s Church, Durham, England.

At age 12, Dykes became assistant organist at St. John’s Church in Hull, where his grandfather was vicar. He studied at Wakefield, Yorkshire, and St. Cath­a­rine’s Hall, Cambridge, where he was a Dikes Scholar, President of the Cambridge University Musical Society, and earned a BA in Classics. In 1848, he became Curate at Malton, Yorkshire. For a short time, he was Canon of Durham Cathedral, then Precentor (1849-62). In 1862 he became Vicar of St. Oswald’s, Durham (he named a son John St. Oswald Dykes, and one of his tunes St. Oswald).

Dykes published sermons and articles on religion, but is best known for composing over 300 hymn tunes. In his music, as in his ecclesiastical work, he was less dogmatic than many of his contemporaries about the theological controversies of the day—he often fulfilled requests for tunes for non-Anglican hymns. In addition to his gift for writing music, he played the organ, piano, violin, and horn.

  1. Alford
  2. Almsgiving
  3. Beatitudo
  4. Blairgowrie
  5. Calm
  6. Charitas
  7. Christus Consolator
  8. Come unto Me
  9. Commendatio
  10. Derry
  11. Dies Dominica
  12. Dies Irae
  13. Dominus Regit Me
  14. Durham
  15. Easter Chant
  16. Ersurge
  17. Esca Viatorum
  18. Etiam et Mihi
  19. Faith
  20. Ferrier
  21. Fiat Lux
  22. First Fruits
  23. From Far Away
  24. Gerontius
  25. Gethsemane
  26. Glastonbury
  27. Glebe Field
  28. Hollingside
  29. Horbury
  30. Hosanna
  31. Illumination
  32. In Tenebris Lumen
  33. Jesu, Magister Bone
  34. Judea
  35. Keble
  36. Laud
  37. Lindisfarne
  38. Lux Benigna
  39. Lux Vera
  40. Mary Magdalene
  41. Melita
  42. Nicaea
  43. Now All the Bells Are Ringing
  44. O Quanta Qualia
  45. Olivet
  46. On the Birthday of the Lord
  47. Once Again, O Blessèd Time
  48. Paradise
  49. Pax Dei
  50. Prince of Peace
  51. Requiescat
  52. Rivaulx
  53. Salvete Flores
  54. Sancti Venite
  55. Sanctuary
  56. Shoreham
  57. Sleep! Holy Babe
  58. St. Aelred
  59. St. Agnes
  60. St. Alban
  61. St. Anatolius
  62. St. Andrew of Crete
  63. St. Bees
  64. St. Cross
  65. St. Cuthbert
  66. St. Drostane
  67. St. Godric
  68. St. John
  69. St. Philip
  70. St. Ninian
  71. St. Oswald
  72. St. Sylvester
  73. Stabat Mater
  74. Strength and Stay
  75. Trinity College
  76. Veni Cito
  77. Veni Creator
  78. Vesperi Lux
  79. Visio Domini
  80. Vox Angelica
  81. Vox Delicti
  82. Zug

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