Twelve Psalm Tunes (Matthew Cooke)

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The title page of Matthew Cooke's Twelve Psalm Tunes describes the collection as 'Composed for the Use of the Church, at NORTH MIMS; & with the utmost Respect Dedicated to the most Noble PRINCE Francis, Duke of Leeds; &c. &c. &c. BY Matthew Cooke, Organist of North Mims, Hertfordshire, of St Georges, Bloomsbury London and Musician to the Right Honble the Ladies Capell.

The collection was 'Printed for the Author by Henry Holland, at his Music Warehouse St James's Street Piccadilly', London. While the book is undated, the Hymn Tune Index estimates a publication date of c1791, noting that Cooke obtained the post of organist at St. George's, Bloomsbury in 1788, and that the dates of activity of the publisher at this address were 1789-c1793.

Publication date and place: 1791 by Henry Holland in London.

In addition to the twelve psalm tunes, all of which are settings of metrical psalm texts (eleven of them strophic, and one a through-composed setting of Ps. 137 in the metrical Old Version), the collection includes two Christmas hymns.

List of works

Pages Description Text
011-3 PSALM IX. With heart and mouth to thee, O Lord
024-5 PSALM XVIII. O God, my strength and fortitude
036-7 PSALM XXI. O God, how joyful is the king
048-9 PSALM XXIII. The Lord is only my support
0510-11 PSALM XXIX. Give to the Lord, ye potentates
0612-13 PSALM XXX. All laud and praise with heart and voice
0714-15 PSALM XXXIII. Praise ye the Lord upon the harp
0816-17 PSALM XLVI. The Lord is our defence and aid
0918-19 PSALM XLVII. Ye people all with one accord
1020-21 PSALM XLVIII. Great is the Lord, and with great praise
1122-23 PSALM CV. Give praises unto God the Lord
1224-28 PSALM CXXXVII. When we did sit in Babylon
1329-30 HYMN for Christmas Day. The dayspring from on high with lustre bright
1431-32 HYMN for Christmas Day. While shepherds watched their flocks by night

Works at CPDL

Title Year Page Genre Subgenre Vo. Voices
Great is the Lord, and with great praise 1791 20-21 Sacred Hymns 4 SATB
The Lord is our defence and aid 1791 16-17 Sacred Hymns 4 SATB
The dayspring from on high with lustre bright 1791 29-30 Sacred Hymns 4 SATB
While shepherds watched their flocks by night 1791 31-32 Sacred Hymns 4 SATB
Ye people all with one accord 1791 18-19 Sacred Hymns 4 SATB


External links

  • Hymn Tune Index details for source CookMTPT