Chetham’s Psalmody

Chetham’s Psalmody The title of this important collection was The Book of Psalmody. It was first published at Sheffield in 1718 by John Chetham or Cheetham (1665 – baptized 4 February -1746), subsequently master of the Clerk’s School, Skipton, Yorkshire, and curate of Skipton, 1741-46. Further editions followed in 1722, 1724 and 1731, with many successors. It has been described as ‘the most important country collection [of psalm settings] of all’ (Temperley, 1979, p. 181). Each edition during Chetham’s life-time had variations, and the book continued in use, with alterations and amendments by Yorkshire organists, throughout the 19th century. It was intended for parish churches: in the entry...

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