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Sheet Music: Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing

TitleCome Thou Fount of Every Blessing
Alternate titlesNettleton
Welcome, Welcome, Dear Redeemer
The Surrender
ComposerJohn Wyeth (1770–1858)
InstrumentationFlute solo
KeyE-flat major
RangeEb4–Eb5
Time signature3/4
Tempo72 BPM
Performance time0:40
Difficulty leveleasy
Download printable scorePDF Sheet Music (45 kB) (preview)
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Date added2011-03-06
Last updated2011-03-06
CategoriesHymn tunes

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Sunday 6 March 2011

Tune of the Day: Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing

American hymn tune

The 18th-century hymn “Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing” is usually set to an American folk tune known as “Nettleton”, composed by printer John Wyeth, or possibly by Asahel Nettleton, from whom the tune takes its name. This tune was used extensively in partial or full quotation by the American composer Charles Ives, in such works as the First String Quartet and the piano quintet and song “The Innate”.

The song has gained a degree of popularity in recent years, in large part due to an arrangement by composer Mack Wilberg, which appears at the end of the BYU Choirs concert A Thanksgiving of American Folk Hymns, recorded in 1994, which is rebroadcast annually by hundreds of PBS affiliates.

Thanks to Jenny for suggesting this tune!