An Episcopal Dictionary of the Church

Tune-Book, The

A collection of tunes for use in the Episcopal Church. The 1856 General Convention resolved to appoint a committee to prepare a book of psalm and hymn tunes, chants, and anthems. The committee included William Augustus Muhlenberg, Gregory Thurston Bedell, George J. Geer, and James A. Johnson. The committee presented their book of tunes to the 1859 General Convention. The book also included chants for the canticles and the communion service. The book was never given official status by the General Convention. It was published in 1859, with a subsequent printing in 1860. The Hymnal 1982 includes twenty-nine tunes from The Tune-Book, including Adeste fideles (Hymn 83), Duke Street (Hymn 544), Dundee (Hymns 126, 526, and 709), Leoni (Hymns 372, 401), Wareham (Hymns 20, 137, 353), and Winchester New (Hymns 76, 391).

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