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Sheet Music: Amazing Grace

TitleAmazing Grace
Alternate titlesNew Britain
ComposerTraditional
InstrumentationFlute and Piano
KeyC major
RangeG4–G5
Time signature3/4
Tempo100 BPM
Performance time0:50
Difficulty leveleasy
Download printable scorePDF Sheet Music (47 kB) (preview)
Download audio tracksMIDI (2 kB) MP3 (630 kB)
Play-along accompanimentMIDI (1 kB) MP3 (645 kB)
Date added2009-03-30
Last updated2009-10-27
CategoriesHymn tunes, Traditional/Folk, Wedding music

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Monday 30 March 2009

Tune of the Day: Amazing Grace

Traditional tune

This famous hymn is actually sung to a variant of the tune “New Britain”, whose composer is unknown. “New Britain” first appears in a hymnal from 1829, and its melody is believed to be Scottish or Irish in origin, as it is pentatonic and suggests a bagpipe tune. The hymn is actually frequently performed on bagpipes, and has become associated with that instrument. This tune seems to have been firmly established as the standard for “Amazing Grace” after an arrangement of it appeared in a series of popular hymnbooks in the early twentieth century.