Excerpt from The Merton Tune-Book: A Collection of Hymns and Tunes Used in the Church of St. John Baptist, Oxford
This Collection owes its existence to the difficulty I experienced some years ago in finding Tunes of a good ecclesiastical kind suited to the Hymnal used in my Church. Having searched in vain for a tune-book fit for my purpose I determined to form one of my own; I therefore examined all the tune-books, both English and Foreign, to which I could obtain access, and the Collection now published is the result.
Although it has not been my object to form a large miscellaneous Collection, yet I believe the Tunes will be found numerous and varied enough to meet the require ments of most other Hymnals now in use.
It appeared to me that, in former tune-books, sufficient care had not been taken to secure agreement between the sentiment of the Hymn and its Music. I have endeavoured as much as possible to avoid this defect. How far I have been success ful, can only be determined by a reference to the Hymnal to which the Tunes have been adapted. Wishing the book to be useful for Parish Choirs, I have also been careful to. Choose only such Tunes as are within an ordinary compass of voice, and present no peculiar difficulties in the several parts of the Harmony. My friend the Rev. Dr. Hayne undertook the arrangement and editing of the Tunes. To his skill and taste I am wholly indebted for the performance of this irksome and difficult task, and I cannot be too grateful to him for the we and care he has bestowed upon the work of preparing it for the press.
It now only remains for me to express my acknowledgments to those Gentlemen, by whose courtesy I have been enabled to enrich this Collection with many beautiful Tunes of which they hold the copyright.
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