The Book of Psalms

Herbert Wiseman, Esq, MA, formerly Director of Music, Edinburgh Corporation Education Committee, and Organist at St Andrew’s (Drumsheugh Church) Edinburgh

There are many tunes used for Psalm singing. It is important to practice words not only tunes. In Scotland we are not really Psalm singers but singers of snippets from Psalms. To use the Book of Psalms to the full they should be sung or said using the prose version, perhaps antiphonally. Gregorian tones could be used – with time given to practice. The author does not recommend the ‘Anglican’ form of chanting Psalms. The chanting of the BBC singers is worth listening to and similar high minded ideals were used in the preparation of the Scottish Psalter (1929).

Volume 37 1967, p28
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