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The Hymn Tune Index: A Census of English-Language Hymn Tunes in Printed Sources from 1535 to 1820

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Pages: 2,680

Book format: An electronic version of a printed book that can be read on a computer or handheld device designed specifically for this purpose.

Publisher: Date:6/25/1998 - Oxford Univ Pr

By: Nicholas Temperley, Charles G. Manns, Joseph Herl

This unique reference is the first systematic guide to the history of the English-language hymn tune, as represented in printed sources from the earliest (Coverdale's Goostly Psalmes) to 1820. Using a simple numerical code to represent the first two lines of each melody, the book allows the reader to look up any of nearly 20,000 British and American hymn tunes without advance knowledge of the composer, name, or text. Each entry provides an array of information on the tune's first printing, composer, the texts to which it was sung, and its later history. The work contains a historical introduction: a theoretical introduction: chronological and geographical lists of sources: indexes of tunes by name, composer, text, and metre: and tables of concordances with early German and French tunes.  


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