"Tunes New and Old"
The Musical Times and Singing Class Circular
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... ECEMBER I, I876. THE MUSICAL TIMES.-DECEMBER I, I876. THE MUSICAL TIMES.-DECEMBER I, I876. 7o7 7o7 7o7 Commas in the poetry should generally (not all of them) be marked by making the word immediately before them slightly stacsclto, which gives the eSect of a comma in reading. More palpable marks-such as semi-colons, notes of interrogation, &c.-may be met by shortening the time of the note following the mark, if the tune will allow it. I am quite aware that considerable discretion is required on the part of a choirmaster in carrying out these ideas so as not to distort the music-but I contend that the words at all times are paramount in importance, and ought not to be, as they so frequently are, made a mere peg on which to hang the music.-Yours truly, THOS. SMITH Organising Choirmaster to the Church Music Society for the Archdeaconry of Sudbury. Bury St. Edmunds. TO THE EDITOR OF THE MUSICAL TIMES. SIR,-Will you kindly allonv me to add Iny testimony to that of your correspondent " Organo," and I have no doubt many others, to the difficulty choirmasters and organists experience in deciding upon the best course to adopt where the double bars are placed as in the example given. As matters stand, choirs are taught to pause at every double bar, or otherwise, just according to the interpretation of each individual choirmaster, with this result-a large number of tunes are sung in a variety of ways. I am inclined to think, if our hymn-tune xvriters would adopt the plan laid down by Mr. Barnby in his admirable vork Ths H7rl7taty discard the use of intermediate double bars? svhich are really unnecessary, and insist that this plan should be strictly adhered to in any new publication, I feel sure we should have greater uniformity and more correct rendering of tunes, and they would thus be lending a helping hand to a reform which, from long experience, I am convinced is very much needed.-I am, Sir, yours obediently, J. C. B. November 8, I876. "TUNES NEW AND OLD." TO THE EDITOR OF THE MUSICAL TINIES. DEAR SIR,-Will you kindly permit me to observe that the tune " Dettinen" is oZot a "distorted version" of " Wie schon letlchtet der Morgenstern," as stated in the reviev of " Tunes New and Old," which appears in the MUSICAL TIMES for this month. The melody is set to " Jauchzet dem Herren alle Land," in " Kirchengesang aus dem NVittembergischen," &c., I569; also to " Hilf mir, Gott, durch den Namen dein," in " Gesangbuchlein," &c., I577. As authorities agree that " Wie schon leuchtet der Morgenstern " s -as written about I597, and that the earliest knosvn copy of the music appeared in I599, it is clear that the form adopted in " Tunes New and Old" is the origina1 or, at least, the earlier one by many years. I beg to enclose copies of the melody from the abovenamed works, as svell as from G. von Tucher's " Schatz des evangelischen Kirchengesangs " and Dr. Conrad Kocher's "Zionsharfe." This earlier form of the melody has been adopted in " Tunes New and Old " because tunes are required for that particular metre, while the other metre has no place in the hymn-book for hich I have endeavoured to provide suitable music. In irness to Dr. Bridge, I am bound to say that, though he is not responsible for the melodies, yet he sras very anxious to have authentic copies in every case that appeared doubtful.-Yours faithfully,