ARNOLD, John. The complete Psalmodist: or the Organist’s, Parish-Clerk’s and Psalm-Singer’s Companion. Containing I. A new and complete Introduction to the Grounds of Music, both theoretical and practical … II. A Set of Services, commonly called Chanting-Tunes; together with five-and thirty excellent Anthems … III. A Set of grave and solemn Psalm-Tunes, both ancient and modern … IV. A Set of divine Hymns, suited to the Feasts and Fasts of the Church of England … The Sixth Edition, corrected, with large Additions …
London: Printed by Dryden Leach, for J. Buckland, J. and F. Rivington; L. Hawes, W. Clarke, R. Collins; S. Crowder, and B. Law.  1769.
8vo (202 x 133 mm) in half-sheets, pp. x, xxviii, [6] ‘An Alphabetical Dictionary, explaining all such Latin, Italian, and French Words as generally occur in Music’, printed in double columns, 266, [2], 267–388; the music printed typographically; early ms. ink performance markings in places throughout; some light offsetting, some waterstaining to gatherings 2Q–2T, old paper repair to title-page in gutter; contemporary speckled calf, some offsetting from the turn-ins, red morocco title label within an ornately-tooled border, gilt, to upper board, extremities a little rubbed, corners slightly worn, headcap chipped; with the bookplates of Henry Carington Bowles (1763–c.1830; the last in the line of prominent London print- and map-sellers) to front pastedown and Hugh McLean (1930–2017; the noted Canadian organist) to front free endpaper (loose).
First published in 1740/1 (BL only), when the author—born and bred in the village of Great Warley, Essex—was only nineteen, ‘this ambitious work was in the tradition of psalmody publications for country churches, combining a teach-yourself section of basic musical instruction with music for church services, particularly four-part settings of the metrical psalms. Arnold included tunes for all 150 psalms, many from existing publications but with seven composed by men from Great Warley and more than fifty of his own composition. There were also settings of chants, anthems, hymns, and canons. Arnold published six more editions of his psalmody, the last in 1779, introducing many changes in the introductory material and music, with progressively fewer of his own psalm tunes. The prefaces offer much about the practice and development of music in country churches in the mid-eighteenth century, such as the increasing use of instruments’ (Oxford DNB).
BUCEM, p. 50; RISM A 2178. The sixth edition is the earliest listed in ESTC.
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