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David Manning

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780195182392

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195182392.001.0001

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Some Reminiscences of the English Hymnal

Some Reminiscences of the English Hymnal

(p.114) (p.115) Chapter 25 Some Reminiscences of the English Hymnal
Vaughan Williams on Music

David Manning

Oxford University Press

A new edition of The English Hymnal was brought out in 1933. It had the invaluable advice and help of Martin Shaw, and was able to introduce some of his fine tunes that were not extant in 1906. In many hymnals the first idea of the musical editors seems to have been to include as many new tunes by the editor himself and his friends as possible. The new book was also to contain a large proportion of plainsong. This task was undertaken by one of the committee, Mr W. J. Birkbeck. His accompaniments were remade to more modern and more sensible ideas by Dr J. H. Arnold. The preparation of the book employed the help of various friends, especially Nicholas Gatty and Gustav Holst, in finding neglected tunes and the true versions of others that had been “disfigured” into dullness in modern hymnals and indebted to Robert Bridges's “Yattendon Hymnal” and George Woodward's “Songs of Syon.”

Keywords:   English Hymnal, Martin Shaw, hymnals, plainsong, W. J. Birkbeck, J. H. Arnold, Robert Bridges, Yattendon Hymnal, George Woodward, Songs of Syon

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