Hymn #531: God, Speak to Me, That I May Speak
Robert Alexander Schumann (1810-1856) composed the melody on which this tune is based as a piano piece, Nachtstücke in F, op. 23, no. 4 (1839). It was adapted later for use as a hymn tune known as CANONBURY and published in J. Ireland Tucker’s Hymnal with Tunes, Old and New (1872).
Robert Schumann longed for a career as a concert pianist, but a crippling injury to his hand forced him to turn to composition instead. His wife, Clara, was one of the greatest pianists of her time and did much to make her husband’s music known. Schumann suffered from depression and spent the end of his life in an asylum.