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The tune for hymn With ‘Harps and with Viols’ was written by Philip Bliss in 1874:

Mendelssohn wrote his Symphony #5, ‘Reformation’ in 1830, including this scherzo as movement #2:

They sound rather similar to me, yet I’ve never seen this mentioned anywhere. Could it just be a coincidence, or could Bliss consciously or unconsciously have been influenced by the symphony?

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  • The rhythms are similar, the melodies are different.
    – PiedPiper
    Nov 25 at 20:01
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No, I don’t think so. They simply share a short rhythmic motive which is 8. 16 | 4 4 in 3/4. But they differ vastly in terms of melody and structure.

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