Henry Packer Dering’s Manuscript Hymnbook-Psalter for Bass Voice

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Fifty-three notated bass voice parts in the F-clef. Sixty-four pages long, of which only thirty-one pages were numbered by Henry Packer Dering. The rest of the pages are not numbered, as this manuscript book was unfinished. Dering wrote name of the tune, its author and an identification of the psalm are given, as well as the letter designation for the hymn meter, i.e., L.M. is long meter, meaning the number of syllables in a line of the hymn text, occasionally copied out by Dering. In the instance of L.M., tetrameter is the hymn meter. C.M. is Common Meter, meaning alternating lines of tetrameter and trimeter. A worn but rare surviving American part hymnbook written and annotated by the first Collector of Customs and Postmaster at Sag Harbor, New York. This hymnbook is an important resource for scholars of eighteenth century American hymns and hymnody.

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Henry Packer Dering’s Manuscript Hymnbook-Psalter for Bass Voice, written and annotated by Henry Packer Dering. Undated, circa 1790. An oblong paper-bound book, 3 5/8 in x 8 in, in the original binding, signed “H. P. Dering’s” on the inside front cover. Initial printed page mostly gone, leaving only printed clef-key identifications.  Fifty-three notated bass voice parts in the F-clef. Sixty-four pages long, of which only thirty-one pages were numbered by Henry Packer Dering. The rest of the pages are not numbered, as this manuscript book was unfinished. Dering wrote name of the tune, its author and an identification of the psalm are given, as well as the letter designation for the hymn meter, i.e., L.M. is long meter, meaning the number of syllables in a line of the hymn text, occasionally copied out by Dering. In the instance of L.M., tetrameter is the hymn meter. C.M. is Common Meter, meaning alternating lines of tetrameter and trimeter. A worn but rare surviving American part hymnbook written and annotated by the first Collector of Customs and Postmaster at Sag Harbor, New York. This hymnbook is an important resource for scholars of eighteenth century American hymns and hymnody.  Custom House (Sag Harbor, New York) – Wikipedia

 

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Dering, Henry Packer Dering

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Henry Packer Dering’s Manuscript Hymnbook-Psalter for Bass Voice