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Excerpt from Music of Christ Church and St. Stephens: Being a Collection of Psalm and Hymn Tunes Original and Selected, as Sung in Those Churches; Harmonized for Four Voices and Provided With an Organ or Piano Forte Accompaniment
The following Collection of Church Melodies is presented to the Public, With the view of directing the attention of Congregations and Families to the cultivation of Sacred Music.
The object of the Editors has been to combine practical utility with beauty of Melody and accuracy of Harmony; and, by the adaptation to each Tune of an easy accompaniment for the Organ or piano-forte, to enable a performer of moderate skill to acquit himself with satisfaction, whether in the Church or the Parlour.
It is believed that the work embraces Airs suited to all the metres in use.
Among them will be found some few Psalm and Hymn Tunes which are established in public favour, and which on that account have been deemed worthy of a place in this volume. But by far the greater portion of them have never before been in print; and have either been used exclusively in the worship of Christ Church and St Stephen's, or were composed ex pressly for this Collection.
The Parts have been arranged as First Treble, Second Treble, Tenor and Bass, in the belief that the Organist will thereby be enabled more easily to supply voices for each of them; but he will not forget that the Part called Second Treble will often produce a much better effect, if sung by alto voices, should he have them at his command.
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