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TO W HICH A RE PRE FIXED AN EXPLAN A TOTY PR EFACE,
A S E L E C T I O N OF C H A N T S .
The object of this work is to facilitate the practice of congregational chanting. For this purpose it will be found to possess the following advantages:—
1. The colon of the English Prayer Book is restored. Part of the Titlepage of that book runs as follows: “The Psalter or Psalms of David, pointed as they are to be said or sung in Churches.” This pointing is the colon which divides each verse of a psalm into two portions. Why it was omitted in the American Prayer Book does not appear, sinccit is of very ancient usage, and at the same time very useful. It is the help provided by the Church for singing the Psalms in Prose, as by means of it alone the words can to a great extent be properly divided. In the present work the colon is kept in its original place, throughout the canticles and Psalter—except only in a few instances in the Te Deum. This is then a “Pointed Psalter,” in the old meaning of the words.
2. An extremely simple method has been adopted of connecting the music with the words. Instead of introducing bar strokes, throughout the verses of a psalm, to correspond with the bars in the chant, figures are employed, which being prefixed to the words or syllables, indicate the particular notes to which
they are to be sung. With the explanations of the system given in the preface,
W. A. MUHLENBERG.
- 1847. THE
PS ALMS OF DAVID;
THE CANTICLES OF THE MORNING AND EVENING PRAYER,
FIGURED FOR CHANTING.
TO WHICH ARE PREFIXED AN EXPLANATORY PREFACE
D. APPLETON & CoMPANY, 200 BROADWAY.
Entered, according to an Act of Congress, in the year 1847,
In the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the United States for the Southern
The method of figuring, employed in this work, is adapted to
Regular Chants. By a regular chant, is meant a chant which, in
the first part, has three notes in the melody, besides the reciting note ; and, in the second part, has five notes in the melody, besides the reciting note.*
The figures in the Canticles and Psalter correspond to these notes :
1 2 3 4 I 2 3 4 5 6
One, is the reciting note—two, three, four, the melody, in the first part of the chant. In the second part, one, again, is the reciting note—two, three, four, five, sia, the melody.
In learning a chant, it should, in the first instance, be sung with the figures.
One two three four One two three four five sir.
O—ne, (dwelling on it, or repeating it several times, to represent the reciting of the words,) two, three, |four || 0—ne, (prolonging it again, to answer to the recitation,) two, three,
four, five, sir.
* A Double Chant is only a regular single chant repeated.