The Story of the Hymns and Tunes

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Author: Theron Brown
Published: 1906
Language: English
Wordcount: 120,010 / 368 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 62.4
LoC Category: BL
Downloads: 947
Added to site: 2006.05.26
mnybks.net#: 13732
Genres: Religion, History, Music
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rt-song was simplified, and Johan Walther compiled a hymnal of religious songs in the vernacular for from four to six voices. The reign of rhythmic hymn music soon extended through Europe.

Necessarily--except in ultra-conservative localities like Scotland--the exclusive use of the Psalms (metrical or unmetrical) gave way to religious lyrics inspired by occasion. Clement Marot and Theodore Beza wrote hymns to the music of various composers, and Caesar Malan composed both hymns and their melodies. By the beginning of the 18th century the triumph of the hymn-tune and the hymnal for lay voices was established for all time.

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In the following pages no pretence is made of selecting all the best and most-used hymns, but the purpose has been to notice as many as possible of the standard pieces--and a few others which seem to add or re-shape a useful thought or introduce a new strain.

To present each hymn with its tune appeared the natural and most satisfactory way

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