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I THE ARRANGEMENT OF THIS BOOK. that this may be done, the minister should be The general plan of this book will be appa
careful to give out such tunes only as the choir rent at first sight. It is intended to be used or other leading singers are able to perform. either alone, or as a companion to the Connec-|
ompanion to the Connec? Indeed it would be well, if he should at first ticut Collection of Psalms and Hymns. When Co
confine his selections to hymns which are conused alone, the left hand number only need to nec
le need to nected with the simplest and most familiar be announced, in giving out a Psalm or Hymn. tunes, until the people who are now accustomed When used in connection with the other book, to keep silence, or to sing only with a subthe number on the right hand should also be dued and hesitating voice, have learned to sing announced, which is the number by which it with more unanimity, cheerfulness, and confimay be found in the book of Psalms and Hymns. dence. After a few months, the whole book
No attempt has been made in this edition to will naturally have become familiar to the preserve any arrangement of Psalms and Hymns mass of the congregation, and may be freely in the order of subjects, such an arrangement used, especially where the voices of the people being incompatible with a proper adaptation are properly sustained by an organ. to music. An Index of the original arrange
2. The conductor of the music should bear ment of the Psalms and Hymns has been added constantly in mind the broad difference beat the end of the volume, which it is hoped tween congregational ar
he volume which it is honed tween congregational and choir-singing, and will serve every purpose of an arrangement by not attempt to engraft upon the former the subjects, and of an Index of topics and uses." peculiarities of the latter. Choir-singing, (as A small number of hymns not contained in
ontained in distinguished from congregational singing, and the Association's collection, have been added as from the act of the choir in leading the con& supplement.
gregation) is intended to be effective and imThe tunes have been arranged in the order of pressive upon the listener ; and, to this end, a meters; and under each meter a general re- proper use is to be made of all those arts of gard has been had, in the arrangement, to the musical elocution which add force and signifirhythmical form of the tunes. The Doxology cance to the language of the hymn. Congreappropriate to each tune is printed between
gational singing, on the other hand, is intended the staves of the music.
to unite the voices of the assembly unanimously and heartily in worship, and in this any attempt
at what is commonly called “expression," II. PRACTICAL SUGGESTIONS.
consisting in crescendoes and diminuendoes, in 1. In order to the successful use of this book, sudden pauses and holds, in the accelerating or it is very desirable that its adaptation of hymns retarding of the movement, &c.,-is not only to tunes should be uniformly followed. And needless and useless, but hurtful, inasmuch as
it embarrasses inexperienced singers, and cause ble in every respect. It is to prepare a perthe whole congregation to sing with a sup-formance of choice pieces of sacred music, pressed and uncertain voice, keeping behind the best that the resources of the place will the choir and organ in time, in order that they afford, and to make this the attraction of the may be able to follow their changes. meeting. Where there is a children's singing
3. Both conductor and organist should never school in successful operation, one or two songs forget that a laggard, drawling movement is the from them will add to the interest of the occamortal enemy of good devotional singing. The sion. These exercises may be interspersed simple and beautiful church-chorals in equal with the practice of congregational singing. notes, instead of the cheerful popular melodies Such meetings, if they can be held, even though which they once were, have become in our no oftener than two or three times a year, will slow traditionary choral time, heavy and dull accomplish a threefold object; first, they will to the hearer, and to the singer positively stimulate the cultivation of the higher forms painful.
of sacred music by select choirs ; secondly, It is partly in the hope of remedying this they will insure the interest and success of the great evil, that the compiler has followed the children's school; and thirdly, they will give example and the counsel of the best authorities the most favorable opportunity for congregain church music, and restored to these tunes, tional practice. If neighboring churches can (with a few exceptions) their ancient and origi- unite on such oocasions, there will be great adnal rhythmical form. See, for example, Bava, vantage, inasmuch as the congregations will be p. 14, Iosco, p. 18, Canterbury, p. 104. Tunes larger and more enthusiastic, and the singing written in this form, with a long note at the better. beginning as well as at the end of each strain It will appear from some of the above remay be sung in the movement commonly given, marks, that there is no necessary incompatito the second measure of Uxbridge or Peter-bility between the practice of choir singing, boro'.
land that of congregational singing. The ap4. The customary organ interludes between pearance of such an incompatibility may have the stanzas of the Psalm may be omitted alto- arisen from the vain attempt to unite them gether, without detriment to the devotional both in the same exercise. If they can be character of the singing ; but if used at all, they properly distinguished in the exercises of pubshould never be longer than a single musical lic worship, so that it shall be plainly underphrase of transition from the end of the tune to stood by the whole assembly, in what singings the beginning ;—just long enough, in fact, to the choir are to sing to the people, and in what allow all to take breath, and no longer. This, the congregation, including the choir, are to is a point of great importance.
unite in singing a psalm of worship in an easy 5. It has usually been found difficult to se and familiar tune, -it may be found, perhaps. cure a general attendance of the congregation that each form of church music will be useful, at meetings for the practice of singing. And it not only for its own sake, but also as a means may not be out of place here to suggest a of advancing and improving the other. method which has been found useful and agreea
Praise to God.
Ps. 67. i.) 4. My heart is fixed: my song shall raise
Immortal honors to thy name; 1. Mr God, in whom are all the springs Of boundless love and grace unknown,
Awake, my tongue, to sound his praise,
My tongue, the glory of my frame. Hide me beneath thy spreading wings, Till the dark cloud is overblown.
6. High o'er the earth his mercy reigns, 2. Up to the heavens I send my cry,
And reaches to the utmost sky; The Lord will my desires perform; His truth to endless years remains, He sends his angels from the sky,
When lower worlds dissolve and die. And saves me from the threatening storm. 8. Be thou exalted, O my God!
6. Be thpu exalted, O my God! Above the heavens where angels dwell; Above the heavens where angels dwell; Thy power on earth be known abroad, Thy power on earth be known abroad, And land to land thy wonders tell
And land to land thy wonders tell.