Plainsong Hymnbook

A Plainsong Hymnbook (1932). The Plainsong Hymnbook was the work of the Proprietors of A&M, who were anxious to promote a kind of hymnody that had been to some extent neglected in previous editions. They were aware that the Plainsong and Medieval Music Society, founded in 1888, had drawn attention to the riches of liturgical chant and medieval music, and that the rediscovery in the 19th century of early Latin and Greek Christian hymns had significantly increased the resources for worship, and helped to change the pattern of daily services. They noted that ‘the custom of singing an “Office-hymn” – that is, a liturgical hymn, appointed for the Office of the day – has grown steadily in...

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