Eric Harding Thiman Fan Page

The Greatest Composer You've Never Even Heard Of

Introduction

Eric Harding Thiman (1900-1975) is really cool, but it took me far too long to discover his music. I just feel like he deserves a bit more attention. His writing is mostly simple, lyrical and honest. I find his harmonies striking, his melodies convincing, and his text setting expressive.

Eric Harding Thiman (EHT) is not a composer, he's THE composer (for you see, initially, I perceived him backwards).

One of the aims of this page is to provide basic biographical information and -- hopefully -- a photograph.

Another goal of this page is to offer a comprehensive listing of Thiman's music. This list, in progress below, is not yet complete, nor is it attractively formatted.

Yet another goal of this page is to offer mp3 recordings of some of this stuff.

In short, this page needs a lot of help! If you know something about Thiman, or can help with any of this, please email David Sinden.

Works

Sacred Choral Music

Title Scoring Availability Comments
24 Introits and Introductory Sentences SATB, org Novello (NOV030105) Some are a capella. 20 pages.
Angels Holy, High and Lowly SATB Paterson Ltd. (PAT16370)
Carol of Peace ? Boosey & Hawkes M051466214) "Unison"
Children of Jerusalem Unison, SATB, organ Novello (NOV281355) "Children Of Jerusalem is a devout song for Unison voices and mixed chorus by Eric Thiman." 4 pages.
Christ Whose Glory Fills The Skies SATB, org Schirmer (GS31218) musicroom.com skill level: 2/5. 8 pages.
A Christmas Rhapsody SSA, pno Novello (NOV200046) "Founded on traditional carols." 16 pages.
Come, Holy Ghost SATB, org Novello (NOV281150) musicroom.com skill level: 3/5.
Come Lord And Rule (Hymn) Unison (descant), organ Novello (NOV441153) 4 pages.
Come, Ye Faithful, Raise the Strain SATB, org "Easter anthem" . . . "Word [sic] by St John Damascene." musicroom.com skill level: 3/5. 8 pages.
Dear Friend Of All In Quieet Galilee (Hymn) SATB, org Novello (NOV441361) 4 pages.
Donkey Plod And Mary Ride SATB, org Novello (NOV954316)
Draw Nigh and Take the Body of the Lord SATB, org Novello (NOV290347) "Text translated from the Bangor Antiphonary." musicroom.com skill level: 3/5. 4 pages. Image of the first page.
For the Beauty of the Earth SATB, org J. Curwen (JC80762) musicroom.com skill level: 3/5. 8 pages.
Gloria In Excelsis Deo (High Voice) High voice, pno J. Curwen (JC72032) "From the Christmas Cantata 'The Flower of Bethlehem', Music by Eric Thiman and Words by Irene Gass." Image of the first page.
Gloria In Excelsis Deo (SATB) SATB, pno Shawnee Press (SP20041) "From the 'The Flower of Bethlehem' setting the words of Irene Gass and Lewis M. Kirby." musicroom.com skill level: 2/5. 12 pages.
I Will Sing The Wonderous Story (Hymn) SATB, org Novello (NOV441331) 4 pages.
Immortal, Invisible SATB, org Novello (NOV290134) Setting of ST. DENIO. musicroom.com skill level 2/5. 8 pages.
Jesu, the Very Thought of Thee SATB, org Paterson Ltd. (PAT16480) Text by Bernard of Clairvaux
Jesus Shall Reign Where'er the Sun SATB, org Paterson Ltd. (PAT16420) Text by Isaac Watts. musicroom.com skill level 3/5. 8 pages.
King of Glory, King of Peace SATB, org Novello (NOV290242) Text by George Herbert. musicroom.com skill level: 3/5. 8 pages.
A Knocking on the Stable Door SATB Novello (NOV310504) 4 pages.
The Last Supper Soprano, Baritone, SATB, org Novello (NOV070280) A short cantata written in 1930. One of four "extended works" mentioned in the New Grove Dictionary of Music. 36 pages.
Let All the World SATB, org Novello (NOV290136) Text by George Herbert. musicroom.com skill level: 3/5. 8 pages.
Lift Up Your Hearts SATB, pno Novello (NOV401172) 4 pages.
Lord of Our Life SATB, org Novello (NOV281260) 8 pages.
Lord, Make My Heart a Place Where Angels Sing SATB, [org?] Novello (NOV500268)
Lord's Prayer SATB, org Novello (NOV441169) 4 pages.
Love Divine, All Loves Excelling (Hymn) SATB, org Novello (NOV441337) 4 pages.
The Magi's Gifts SSA, pno Novello (NOV290382) "The Magi's gifts is a Christmas song arranged for SSA and Piano. Words are by Kathleen Warburton." 8 pages. Image of the first page
Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis in B minor Unison, org Novello (NOV330091) musicroom.com skill level: 3/5.
Magnificat and Nun Dimittis in D-flat SATB, org Novello (NOV441194) 16 pages.
Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis in G Unison, org Novello (NOV441234) "This is a wonderful Magnificat And Nunc Dimittis setting, written in the key of G." musicroom.com skill level: 3/5. 8 pages.
My Little Son SATB, kybd United Music Publishers (UNI71960)
Nativity Soprano, Tenor, SATB, org/pno Novello (NOV070281)
O Christ, The Heavens' Eternal King SATB, org Novello (NOV281148)
O Love of God SSA, org Novello (NOV401195)
O Strength and Stay SATB Novello (NOV281139)
O Waly Waly SSA Novello (NOV160081)
Praise, O Praise the Lord of Harvest SATB Novello (NOV401037) musicroom.com skill level: 3/5
Seasonal Thanksgiving Unison, pno Schirmer (GS50184)
A Shepherd Kept Sheep SS, pno Novello (NOV160097) A canon for equal voices. Text is traditional. Image of the first page.
Sing Alleluia Forth SATB, org Novello (NOV290241) "Hymn anthem." Text translated by John Ellerton. musicroom.com skill level: 2/5. 8 pages.
Te Deum Laudamus in D-flat SATB, org Novello (NOV441199) 16 pages.
Thy Church, O God, Her Heart to Thee Upraiseth SATB, org/pno Novello (NOV290246) "The words have been adapted by Robert Bridges from Robert Tailour's version of Psalm 21." musicroom.com skill level: 2/5. 4 pages. Image of the first page.
Winter Nativity SSA, pno J. Curwen (JC72682) "Carol for SSA Choir and Piano, set to the words of K.M. Warburton." 4 pages. Image of the first page.

Secular Choral Music

Title Scoring Availability Comments
The Beech, The Birch And The Lime Unison, pno Cramer Music (BMPUPS269) "The Beech, The Birch And The Lime is a beautiful piece by organist and composer Eric H. Thiman, who was a keen advocate of congregational singing. This is a setting of the words by Marjorie E. Kirtley and this version has been edited by Martin Shaw." musicroom.com skill level 2/5. 8 pages.
A Folk-song Sequence SSA J. Curwen (JC72506) 20 pages.
A Clean Wind Blowing Unison, pno J. Curwen (JC72307) "Unison or solo song for boy's [sic] voices." Words by Will H. Oglivie. 4 pages. Image of the first page.
I Hear Spring Calling Unison, pno J. Curwen (JC72067) 4 pages.
I Love All Graceful Things Unison, pno J. Curwen (JC71977) text by Kathleen Boland. musicroom.com skill level: 3/5. 4 pages. Image of the first page.
I Wandered Lonely As A Cloud (Unison) Unison, pno Novello (NOV481938) text by Wm. Wordsworth. musicroom.com skill level: 3/5.
I Wandered Lonely As A Cloud (Daffodils) SA, pno Novello (NOV160098) text by Wm. Wordsworth. 8 pages. Image of the first page.
Kerry Roads Unison, pno Novello (NOV670848) 4 pages.
The Man in the Moon Unison, pno J. Curwen (JC72413) 4 pages.
The Path to the Moon Unison, pno Boosey & Hawkes (M060028137) "An inspiring piece, arranged for Unison voices and Piano accompaniment." 4 pages.
A Room of My Own Unison, pno J. Curwen (JC72355) musicroom.com skill level: 2/5. 4 pages.
She is My Slender Small Love "Men's Voices" J. Curwen (JC50850) Text by Syndney Bell. musicroom.com skill level 4/5. 4 pages.
The Skylark Unison, pno Novello (NOV252156) "The words, by Marjorie Kirtley, are from Twelve Happy Months." musicroom.com skill level: 3/5. 4 pages.
Songs of Sailors of the Sea SATB, pno Novello (NOV070371) Orig. for SATB, orch. musicroom.com skill level: 4/5.
Summer Breeze SSA, pno J. Curwen (JC72546) Text by Kathleen Boland. musicroom.com skill level: 3/5. 4 pages.
Summer Days "2-Part Choir," pno Novello (NOV160103) "A celebratory song herlding the approaching summer, based upon a text by S. Longfellow and written for the upper voices with Piano accompaniment." musicroom.com skill level: 3/5.
The Weaver's Daughter SA, pno Novello (NOV530387). 4 pages.

Organ Music

Title Availability Comments
44 Tunes Freely Harmonized Novello (NOV010127) "44 Hymn Tunes freely harmonised to accompany Unison singing. Ideal for the Organist who enjoys embellishing the final verse." 24 pages. Tune list
Canzona Novello (NOV590264) 4 pages.
Canzonetta On 'Horsley' Novello (NOV590245) 4 pages.
Eight Interludes, Sets 1-3 Novello (NOV590194) "A set of eight interludes for the beginner Organist, written by Eric Thiman. The pieces cover a variety of styles, with an Elegy and a piece in the manner of eighteenth-century Organ writing." musicroom.com skill level: 2/5. 43 pages.
Five Hymn-tune Variants J. Curwen (JC99133) 12 pages.
Panus Angelicus for Organ J. Curwen (JC99126) 1959. 4 pages.
Postlude on Harwood's Thornbury Novello (NOV590345)
Six Pieces in Various Styles, Set 2 J. Curwen (JC99128) musicroom.com skill level 3/5. 16 pages. Contents.
Three Pieces Novello (NOV590141) 12 pages.
Timans [sic?] and Seasons: Five Pieces For Organ Novello (NOV590234) 12 pages
Vespers J. Curwen (JC99132) 12 pages.

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Last modified: 30 May 2006