Original Psalm and Hymn Tunes (James Shoubridge)
James Shoubridge's Original Psalm and Hymn Tunes was published in 1837. The book is not dated itself, but was included in the 'Weekly List of New Publications' on p128 of The Musical World, no. 48, vol. 4, of 10 February 1837, where it was listed as 'Shoubridge's original Psalms and Hymns … Blackman'.
The imprint states that the book was 'Published for the Author by W. BLACKMAN, 5, Bridge Street, Southwark, Sold also by G. Berger, Bookseller, Holywell Street, Strand, and all Music and Booksellers throughout the United Kingdom.'
Publication date and place: 1837 by W. Blackman in London.
The book was published by subscription: subscribers include Thomas Clark, whose daughter Catherine married James Shoubridge in August 1837.
Description of contents
The book consists of 36 metrical psalm or hymn tunes, written for four voice parts (identified in the first piece in the book, on p1, as CANTO – ALTO – TENORE – BASSO). The alto and tenor parts are printed in the C clef, with the clef positioned with middle C on the third space up of the stave (equivalent to writing these parts in the treble clef an octave above their sounding pitch). Shoubridge describes his decision to do this in a prefatory note:
N.B. In order to do away with the impropriety of placing the Treble Clef in the Alto and Tenor parts, and at the same time to obviate the difficulty Amateurs generally find in singing or playing from the Alto and Tenor Clefs, the Author has ventured in the following work to place the C Clef on the third space of the stave, by which means the notes will stand in just the same situation, as if written in the Treble Clef; but their pitch according to the C Clef being at the same time considered an octave lower. The Author feels justified in adopting the above plan from an impression that the C Clef is a moveable one, and may be placed in any part of the Stave; he feels at the same time bound in justice to acknowledge it a suggestion of his friend Mr R. Clark of His Majesty's Chapels Royal, who has a work on this subject nearly ready for publication.
A keyboard accompaniment is given throughout: the title page refers to this as 'a Separate Accompaniment for the Organ or Piano Forte', while the accompaniment staves are marked 'ORGANO' in the first piece in the book. The keyboard accompaniments are fully written out on two staves, and neither the bass voice parts nor the keyboard left hand parts are figured. For the most part, the accompaniments double the voice parts.
Several of the tunes were republished in the collections The Union Tune Book and British Psalmody, both edited by Thomas Clark.
List of works
|1||REDEMPTION. P.M. Hymn 69 Rippon's Selection.||Now begin the heavenly theme|
|2||SALVATION. C.M. Hymn 88. B: 2 Dr Watts.||Salvation, O the joyful sound|
|3||SANCTUARY. P.M. Psalm 122. Dr Watts.||How pleased and blest was I|
|4-5||PERPETUITY. P.M. Hymn 297. Part 2. Rippons Selection.||My God, thy boundless love we praise|
|6||SUPPLICATION. P.M. Hymn 363. Rippon's Selection.||Lord, we come before thee now|
|7||PALMYRA. C.M. Psalm 34. New Version.||Through all the changing scenes of life|
|8-9||PARADISE. P.M. Hymn 585. Rippon's Selection.||On wings of faith, mount up my soul and rise|
|10||REFLECTION. C.M. Hymn 647. Dr Collyer.||Dark was the night and cold the ground|
|11||BANQUET. L.M. Hymn 68. B: 2. Dr Watts.||Behold the Rose of Sharon here|
|12-13||QUIESCENCE. P.M. Hymn 939. Dr Collyer.||Think, O ye who fondly languish|
|14||LYSTRA. S.M. Hymn 260. Rippon's Selection.||Ye humble souls, rejoice|
|15||CONSOLATION. C.M. Hymn 194. Lady Huntingdon's Collection.||How sweet the name of Jesus sounds|
|16-17||PORTION. P.M. Hymn 301. Rippon's Selection.||Rise, my soul, and stretch thy wings|
|18||VISITATION. C.M. Hymn 3. B: 2. Dr Watts.||Why do we mourn departing friends|
|19||SYMPATHY. C.M. Hymn 557. Rippon's Selection.||When blooming youth is snatched away|
|20-21||PENITENCE. S.M.D. Hymn 105. Wesley.||O that I could repent|
|22||ADMIRATION. L.M. Hymn 67. B: 1. Dr Watts.||Thou whom my soul admires above|
|23||GRATITUDE. L.M. Hymn 301. Lady Huntingdon's Collection.||Now in a song of grateful praise|
|24||HUMILIATION. C.M. Hymn 55. B: 2. Dr Watts.||Thee we adore, eternal name|
|25||RESPIRATION. P.M. Hymn 673. Dr Collyer.||On the mountain's top appearing|
|26||SAUNDERSTEAD. P.M. Hymn 427. Rippon's Selection.||O Zion, afflicted with wave upon wave|
|27||PURITY. C.M. Psalm 1. New Version.||How blest is he who ne'er consents|
|28-29||IMMUTABILITY. P.M. Hymn 13. Mann's Original's||'Mid changing scenes of grief and sin|
|30||SECURITY. L.M. Psalm 18. Dr Watts.||Just are thy ways, and true thy word|
Works at CPDL
|How pleased and blest was I||1837||3||Sacred||Hymns||4||SATB|
|Through all the changing scenes of life||1837||7||Sacred||Hymns||4||SATB|