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A Reformed Approach to Psalmody: The Legacy of the Genevan Psalter

This practice gradually disappeared with the exception of some very conservative churches who still psa,ter them this way today. Paalter told of the importance of the knowing many of the psalms by heart; learning the psalms from memory provided many of them with the spiritual nourishment that helped them through the dark days of communism. In the complete edition of only tunes were used for the psalms.

It’s a great resource. It has thus far not been published in any hymnal, but it is meant as a complement to the Philippians hymn. This page was last edited on 29 Octoberat Indeed, I and many others have found in the Psalms the very lifeblood of the believer.

Frontispiece to Genevan Psalter, edition. Some of the versifications are rhymed e. Dutch settlers in South Africa also founded Reformed churches where many of the Genevan melodies are still used today, especially with the Afrikaans versifications of the 20th-century poet Totius.

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Introduction to the Genevan Psalter

In Calvin returned to Geneva, where he published a new psalter in This pattern was carried into the Scottish Psalters of andas well as into Tate and Brady in They are still used in some churches in Canada and Europe and Australia.

The five most common are:. Click on the Psalm or song you’re looking for to view the available resources. Harmonies and instrumental renditions were exclusively used within the home or for concert performances.

Certainly at present the prayers of the faithful are so cold that we should be greatly ashamed and confused. One result is that most of the singing in Calvinist churches is done in unison. Unless otherwise indicated, all text examples are from the Psalter Hymnal, Emily R. A colleague at Calvin Theological Seminary who spent some time in Indonesia told me about participating in an ordination service of some elders and deacons; during the service they sang Genevan Psalm 42 in two part harmony.

He is regarded fenevan. Two versions of the Decalogue, one from Strassbourg and one from Geneva. The Legacy of the Genevan Psalter The Genevaj Psalter is the most important source of metrical psalmody in the continental Reformed tradition.

Pages have also been devoted to bibliographic sourcesincluding psalters and books about the Psalter, an annotated discographyinternet links and videos ; and to a blog calling attention to updates to this site and to other psalm-related material elsewhere. Thus the congregation might sing Psalm 95 or as an opening psalm of praise where Roman Catholics or more recently Anglicans might sing the Gloria in Excelsis.

Some have very long stanzas, such as Psalm 19 6.

Thus a number of these melodies entered compositions of Johann Sebastian Bach and others. I can hardly weigh in on the Genevan Psalms without mentioning their impact on my own spiritual walk and my efforts to set them to verse in a contemporary idiom.


Here are recordings and articles about many Psalters, including a great deal about the Genevan.

Let me know if you’re interested. It prescribed for each day of the church year, beginning with Advent, an Old Testament reading, one or more Psalms, a New Testament epistle reading and a gospel reading.

They have been harmonized gehevan times, in many ways, and have been often used without harmony.

The melodies for the new psalms were composed by Guillaume Franc. Of the five Genevan tunes most frequently included in North American hymnals, only two are usually associated with the psalm or canticle for which they were composed. Whether the two met I have been unable to determine, but Strejc was sufficiently impressed with the Lobwasser Psalter that he undertook to translate the German text directly into the Czech language in After all, women’s voices had not been heard much in church before.

Genevan Psalter

Hence the number of musical arrangements based on the Genevan Psalm melodies is far smaller than those based on the church music of other traditions. It was the use of the Psalms that most impressed me. There are a number of factors to be considered.