The Hymn Tune Index - pre-1821 missing and incomplete books

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The Hymn Tune Index - Professor Nicholas Temperley's database containing all hymn tunes printed anywhere with English-language texts from 1535 to 1820 and their publication history.

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Incomplete: pre-1700

The Forme of Prayers and Ministration of the Sacraments . . .[Part II] Psalmes of David in Englishe Metre. 8vo, ff.135. [Geneva? Zacharie Durand?], 1561.

(Quires E-G, which contain the tunes of Psalms 12-31, are missing.)

Psalmes of David in Englishe Metre, by Thomas Sternhold and Others. folio, pp.192+ [London: John Day?], 1560.

(Lacks all after Psalm 146.)

The Whole Boke of Psalmes, Collected into English Metre. quarto, pp.374+ London: John Day, 1563.

[The Whole Book of Psalms, Collected into English Metre]. 16mo, ff.218. [London: John Daye], 1577.

(Lacks quires *A-*F and *N.)

[The Whole Booke of Psalmes, Collected into English Metre]. 8vo, pp.88+ London: Henry Denham for the assignes of R. Day, 1588.

The Whole Booke of Davids Psalmes Collected into English Metre. 16mo, pp.286. London: John Wolfe, for the assignes of Richard Day, 1591.

(Lacks all after Psalm 131.)

The Forme of Prayers and Ministration of the Sacraments . . . [Part III. The Psalmes] [Rouen:] Pour Henri le Mareschal, 1566.

Cosyn, John. Musike of Six, and Five Partes. London: John Wolfe, 1585.

(The cantus partbook is missing.)

[Hall, John. The Coourte of Vertu.] London: Thomas Marshe, 1565.

(All known copies lack title page.)

Missing: pre-1700

[The Forme of Prayers and Ministration of the Sacraments . . . Part II. Psalmes of David in English Metre]. ed.3. [Geneva?: 1559-60?].

[Psalms of David in English metre by T. Sternhold and others]. [London: John Day, 1559].

[A Book of Directions to Play the Psalmody, an instrument invented by John Playford, adapted to the tunes in use in all churches.] [London: H. Playford and R. Meares, 1699].

Playford, John. An Introduction to the Skill of Musick.[London?: c.1681?].


Incomplete: English 1700-1820

Barnes, William, of Long-Clawson, Leicestershire. Harmonia-Sacra-Nova. Long Clawson: The author, [1763].

Bennet, Rob[ert]. A Collection of the Choicest and Best Psalm Tunes. Nottingham: J. Collyer for the author, 1714.

Broderip, John. A Second Book of New Anthems and Psalm Tunes. London: A. Simpson, [1749].

Burkitt, John. Sacred Harmony. London: Goulding, D'Almaine, Potter & Co., [1814].

Dobney, Michael. Sacred Music, being a second collection of anthems & psalm tunes. London: W. M. Cahusac, [1800-11?].

(No 'first collection' is known - see below.)

Firth, Thomas. Sions Harmony. [Leeds: 1787].

Gunn, B(arnabas). [Psalm Tunes?]. London: John Johnson, [c.1750?].

[Lambert, James?]. Select Hymns, on Religious Subjects. ed. 3. Lewes: William Lee for James Lambert, 1778.

(Editions 1 and 2 are missing - see below.)

Orme, Thomas. A Collection of the choicest and best Psalm-Tunes. ed. 2. Nottingham: William Ayscough, 1717.

[Peck, James]. Peck's Miscellaneous Collection of Sacred Music. vols I-VIII.

London: J. Peck, 1807-15.

The following parts are still missing: vol. VI: nos. 61-63 and 65-72 (pp. 1-24, 33-96); vol. VII: nos. 73-79, 81, and 83-84 (pp. 1-56, 65-72, 81-96); vol. VIII: nos. 85, 87, 88 (pp. 9-16, 33-64).

Smith, Theodore. Sacra Divertimento. London: Goulding, Phipps & D'Almaine, [1798-c.1806].

Smith, William, of Kilworth, Leics. New Harmonia Sacria. [bk l]. [South Kilworth: 1757?].

(Missing pages include title leaf - details from substitute ms. title copied by owner.)

Tans'ur, William. The Royal Psalmodist Compleat. ed. 2. The author, March 25, 1753.

(Only the title page is known.)

Missing: English 1700-1820

[Bedford, Rev. Arthur]. Divine Recreations. part IV. London: A. Pearson, 1737.

(Only parts I-III are known.)

A Guide to Parish Clerk's being the treble and bass of the singing psalms fitted and contrived to common use. London: W. Marshall, 1700.

(May have been compiled by Daniel Warner.)

Harmody [sic] Divine. London: Longman, Lukey & Co., c.1775.

Jansen's Devotional Harmony. no. 1. London?: 1805.

Parochial Harmony . . . composed by Green, Nares, Howard, Battishill & Co. London?: 1771.

Psalms and Hymns selected for the use of a Parish Church, with twenty five plain psalm tunes . . . London: J. F. and C. Rivington, 1787.

[Rider, Charles, of Manchester]. A Selection of Hymn Tunes for the Use of the Sunday School in Elm Street, Manchester. 190 pp., 336 tunes. Manchester: Charles Rider, 1816.

(A later edition of 347 tunes, and vol. 2 are known.)

Adams, Abraham, of Shoreham. The Psalmist's New Companion. [London?: c.1750-9].

(Editions 1-5 and 7-9 are missing.)

Addington, Stephen. A Collection of Psalm Tunes for Publick Worship. [London?: c.1777-1791].

(Editions 1, 2, 4, 5, and 10 are missing.)

Alcock, John, the elder. Twelve Psalm Tunes, several hymns and canons. Lichfield?: -1751.

Ashton, J. Beauties of Psalmody. London?: 1812

Atfield,[ John?]. The Coelestial Choirister; or Monthly Melody. London: J. Scott, 1761.

Banister, Charles William. Twelve Psalm and Hymn Tunes. 2nd set. London: for the author, 1811.

Barber, Abraham. A Book of Psalme Tunes in Four Parts. ed. 2. York?: 1688-1702.

(Also, edition 5 was sold by H. Baron, London in 1996, but its present whereabouts are unknown.)

Beasley, William, of Brinklow, near Coventry. Three Anthems, 11 Psalm Tunes, and 10 Hymns. Brinklow: for the author, 1789.

Blow, John. The psalms by Dr Blow Set Full for the organ or harpsicord. London: J. Walsh and J. Hare, 1703.

-- ed. 2. 'To which is added several psalms which were omitted in the 1st'. London: J. Walsh, 1705.

Burkitt, John. A Selection of Hymns. Sudbury? c.1790?

(Only a 'Second Selection' is known.)

Clarke, Jane, of St. Marylebone, London. Select Portions of Psalms and Hymns . . . as sung at Oxford, Welbeck, & Portland Chapels. London?: c.1800.

(Only edition 2 is known.)

Clark, Thomas, of Canterbury. A Tenth Set of Psalm & Hymn Tunes. London?: c.1819.

Crabb, Edmund. Temple - CM - Composed . . . to the 100th Psalm. London: Edmund Crabb, 1812].

(Sheet music; 'a psalm tune for a full wind-instrument band'.)

Combes, George, of Wimborne. [A Set of Psalm Tunes and Anthems?] 1743-.

Cooke, Robert. Maltese Mariners Hymn. London: R. Birchall, 1811.

(Sheet music.)

[Courteville, Raphael?]. Select Psalms and Hymns for the use of the parish-church and tabernacle of St. James's Westminster. ed. 5. [London: J. Heptinstall for the Company of Stationers, 1702-3?].

Crouch, William A Selection of Psalm Tunes, as sung in Clapham Church. London: [c. 1810?].

-- ed. 2. [c.1813?].

(Only edition 3 is known.)

Cuzens, Benjamin. The Portsmouth Harmony. London, -1789.

(Only edition 2 is known, described as, ' Book 1st.'; no 'Book 2nd' is known.)

Dobney, Michael. [Sacred Music]. [London?: c.1800?].

(The only known copy of a 'second collection' is incomplete - see above.)

East,William. The Harmonick Sphere. Waltham: 1754.

Grantham, William, of Bilsby, near Alford, Lincolnshire. Harmonia Sacra. London: For the author, 1781.

Green(e), John and James? [A Book of Psalm-Tunes?] [London?: c.1711?].

-- ed. 7. [A Book of Psalmody] [c.1730?].

(9 other editions are known: A Book of Psalm-Tunes, eds 2 and 5; A Collection of Choice Psalm-Tunes, ed. 3; A Collection of Psalm-Tunes, ed. 4; A Book of Psalmody, eds 8-11.)

[Knibb, Thomas]. The Psalm Singers Help. [London?: 1767].

(Earlier and later editions are known.)

[Lambert, James?]. Select Hymns, on Religious Subjects. Lewes?: -1778.

(Editions 1 and 2 are missing; edition 3 is incomplete - see above.)

Langhorne, William. [A Book of the choicest and most select Psalm Tunes?]. [London?: c.1720].

(Only edition 2, dated 1723, is known.)

Linley, Francis. A Practical Introduction to the Organ. Op. 6. eds 1-8, 10-11. [London?: c.1790-1805]

Only editions 9 and 12 are known.)

Moore, Thomas. The Psalm Singer's Compleat Tutor and Divine Companion. vol. 1. [London?: c.1748?]

(Only edition 2, dated 1750, is known.)

Moore, Thomas. The Psalm Singer's Compleat Tutor and Divine Companion. vol. 2. [London?: c.1748?]

(Only edition 2, dated 1750, and 3, dated 1762, are known.)

Needham, Joseph. [A collection of church music - title unknown]. [-1740].

Netherclift, Joseph. Twenty four Psalm and Hymn Tunes. [London: -1811]

Oswald, James. Psalms and Hymns for two and three voices. [London: For the author, 1762.]

Rippon, John. A Selection of Psalm and Hymn-Tunes. ed. 3. 274 numbered tunes. London: Mr. Rippon, 1800.

Shoel, Thomas. [Psalm Tunes]. [set 1]. [Montacute?, -1794].

(Only edition 2, Thirty psalm tunes, c.1804, is known.)

Shoel, Thomas. [Psalm Tunes]. [set 4]. Thirty new tunes, adapted to the peculiar metres in Mr. Burder's, and other collections. London?: -1807.

Shoel, Thomas. [Psalm Tunes]. [set 7]. [London?: 1813-25?]

Simms, B[ishop]. Addison's Version of the 19th Psalm. [London?: c.1810?].

(Only edition 2 is known.)

Sreeve, John. The Oxfordshire Harmony. vol. II. A new book of psalm tunes.

London: W. Tansur, for the author, 1741.

Stephenson, John. Church Harmony Sacred to Devotion. London: for J. Rivington, and J. Fletcher, 1757.

-- ed. 2. [c.1758?].

(Only editions 3 and 4 are known.)

Trotter's Hymns. London: Longman & Broderip, -1780.

Walker's Companion to Dr. Rippon's Tune Book. ed. 2. London?: c.1813

(Only editions 1, 3 and 4-5 are known.)

Warner, Daniel. A Further Guide to Parish Clerks. London: W. and J. Marshall, 1706.

-- ed. 2. 1707.

Warner, Daniel. A New Guide to Parish Clerks. [London?, 1708].

Webbe, Samuel, the elder. A Third Christmas Hymn. London: J. Bland, c.1789.

(Sheet music; the words begin 'Hail Salem'.)

Webbe, Samuel, the elder. A Fourth Christmas Hymn. London: J. Bland, 1789-90. (Sheet music; the words begin, 'Is this the glorious'.)

W[ollaston], C[harles] H[yde]. A Selection of Psalms from the New Version. [East Dereham? c.1800?]

(Only edition 2, dated 1813, is known.)


Incomplete: Scottish 1700-1820

Divine Harmony or A Collection of the best psalm and hymn tunes. Glasgow: J. McFadyen for the editors, [c.1815].

(Only known copy may be incomplete; there may be an earlier edition of 54 pp.)

[The Tunes of the Psalms?]. Glasgow: James Duncan, 1720.

(Bound with: The Psalms Hymns and Spiritual Songs.)

Thomson, James. A Collection of the best church tunes. ed. 2. Leith: George Peattie, [1789].

Missing: Scottish 1700-1820

[Tait, Andrew?]. A New and Correct Set of Church Tunes. [Aberdeen?: 1748-9?].

The Twelve Tunes for the Church of Scotland, composed in Four Parts. Aberdeen: Successors to John Forbes, 1706.

Carey, James. A Selection of Psalm & Hymn Tunes. vol. 1. [Edinburgh: c.1810-15?]

(Editions 1 and 2 are missing, only edition 3 is known.)

Malcolm, John. The Dunfermline Psalmody. Dunfermline: John Miller, 1809.

(Only a revised edition, dated 1810, is known, reusing the title page and preface of this edition.)

Melrose, William. A Collection of Psalm & Hymn Tunes in three parts. [Edinburgh?: 1811?].

(Only edition 2, dated 1816, is known.)

McVity, John. Select Psalm and Hymn Tunes. [Dublin?: c.1780-1815].

(Editions 1, 3 and 5 are missing.)

Sivewright, John, teacher of music, Fordoun. [A collection of psalm tunes - title unknown]. [-1801].

(Sivewright's A Collection of Church Tunes & Anthems [c.1795-c.1806] includes 'Additions to the former Collection'.)

Smith, Robert Archibald. Devotional Music. ed. 2. [Paisley?: 1818].

(With an 'Appendix of Old Church Tunes'.)

Steven, James. A Selection of Psalm & Hymn Tunes. [vol. 1]. [Glasgow?: c.1795-1805].

(Editions 1-4 are missing, only edition 5 is known.)

Steven, James. A Selection of Sacred Music. vol. 5. [Glasgow?: c.1815]

(Only edition 2 is known.)

Walker, Archibald. A Collection of the most approved Church Tunes. ed. 2. Edinburgh?: c.1795-1800].