Many hymn tunes are named for a place or person significant to the composer (Duke Street, Forest Green, Thomas Merton). A favorite All Saints’ Day hymn tune is Sine Nomine, a latin phrase meaning “without a name.” Ralph Vaughan Williams composed Sine Nomine in 1906 to accompany Walsham How’s text “For All the Saints” for use on All Saints’ Day. The tune features a walking bass line -- this bass part is not meant to be sung. It propels the harmony forward one note at a time.
Below is a clip of this hymn as performed in The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.