1700–1783
William Tanzer
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1700, Dunchurch, Warwickshire, England.

November 6, 1706.

October 7, 1783, St. Neots, Cambridgeshire, England.

St. Neots Priory, Cambridgeshire, England.

Son of a laborer, his name is given in the parish register as Tan­zer. Around 30 years of age he made Ew­ell, near Ep­som, his home, publishing his Melody of the Heart there. He taught psalmody in a number of places, including Barnes, Cam­bridge, Stam­ford, Bos­ton (England) and Lei­cester. He subsequently settled down and became a bookseller at St. Neots.

Tans’ur wrote some 100 psalm and hymn tunes, anthems, a Te De­um, and other material. His works include:

Tans’ur’s Bangor was a popular tune in Scot­land for many years, and is mentioned in Ro­bert Burns’ poem The Ordination:

Mak haste an’ turn King Da­vid owre,
An lilt wi’ holy clangor;
O’ double verse come gie us four,
An’ skirl up the Ban­gor.

  1. Angel’s Hymn
  2. Bangor
  3. Rothwell
  4. St. Andrew
  5. St. Martin’s