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Have you ever wondered what might be the oldest songs we still sing in churches today? One collection of texts and tunes, however, that still contributes a significant part to Christian worship today is the Genevan Psalter. Before the time of the Reformation, just about the only music in the church service was in Latin—sung by trained choirs, not congregations. It was the Reformers who emphasized that congregational singing, particularly the singing of the inspired psalms, was a vital part of worship.

Around the same time, John Calvin was trying to incorporate the singing of the psalms into the worship of the French Protestants. Between and , he commissioned the creation of a new Psalter, with new tunes that would be easy for untrained singers, and new translations of the psalms in French.

All well and good, an old and stuffy book with strange tunes and texts in a foreign language was published in the mids. Who cares? Despite its unusual-sounding tunes, despite the fact that its texts were originally in French, it is still used to this day in many Reformed churches. Even in non-Reformed churches, it still plays one significant role.

How many times have you sung the Doxology? Believe it or not, this is a tune from the Genevan Psalter that was once used with the words of Psalm ! Obviously, the psalm texts are in English for our sake, but for the most part, the tunes have remained the same. Michael E. Owens, a Calvinist and professional musician, manages a website about the Genevan Psalter at www. In an introduction to the Psalter , he explains the significance of the Genevan tunes as harmonized by Claude Goudimel:.

Goudimel had already written several settings of each of these tunes in the complex, polyphonic style which was then a popular form of entertainment. In those settings, one part sings the Genevan melody while the countermelodies sing the same words at different times. Thus, though the singers are edified, the words are often not clear to the listeners. Thus all the parts sing the same words at the same time.

The historical impact of these settings was immense. As far as I can tell, Claude Goudimel invented it. The Genevan Psalter was groundbreaking in numerous ways. Within the Reformation, it was one of the first, if not the first, complete book of psalms in the common language of the congregation. It was revolutionary in that it used contemporary tunes, remaining reverent yet accessible to the singers.

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Blog at WordPress. So it is. In an introduction to the Psalter , he explains the significance of the Genevan tunes as harmonized by Claude Goudimel: Goudimel had already written several settings of each of these tunes in the complex, polyphonic style which was then a popular form of entertainment. To God be the glory! Texts and tunes are available to view, hear, and even download.

As an introduction to the sound of the Genevan tunes, take a listen to this setting of Psalm 42 again, from GenevanPsalter. Share this: Click to email this to a friend Opens in new window Click to print Opens in new window Click to share on Facebook Opens in new window Click to share on Twitter Opens in new window. Like this: Like Loading Share Your Thoughts Cancel reply Enter your comment here Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:.

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Here in Australia, our last synod decided to move towards an Australian version of the Book of Praise. Overall, however, it will still be the familiar songbook. In Canada, the Book of Praise is facing an uncertain future. There were two recent proposals at regional synods which illustrate some changes afoot in the CanRC. While only one of the proposals passed and will move on to the General Synod in Edmonton next year, the existence of these proposals demonstrates that there are questions in the CanRC about whether the hegemony of the Book of Praise is a sure thing going into the future. The proposed reading was as follows:. The Psalms shall have the principal place in public worship.

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The Genevan Psalter , also known as The Huguenot Psalter [1] , is a metrical psalter in French created under the supervision of John Calvin for liturgical use by the Reformed churches of the city of Geneva in the sixteenth century. Before the Protestant Reformation a select group of performers generally sang the psalms during church services, not the entire congregation. John Calvin believed that the entire congregation should participate in praising God in the worship service and already in his famous work Institutes of the Christian Religion of he speaks of the importance of singing psalms. In the articles for the organization of the church and its worship in Geneva, dated January 16, , Calvin writes: "it is a thing most expedient for the edification of the church to sing some psalms in the form of public prayers by which one prays to God or sings His praises so that the hearts of all may be roused and stimulated to make similar prayers and to render similar praises and thanks to God with a common love. After being forced to leave Geneva in , Calvin settled in Strasbourg, where he joined the Huguenot congregation and also led numerous worship services. It was in Strasbourg where he became familiar with the German versification of the psalms prepared by Martin Luther and others.

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Have you ever wondered what might be the oldest songs we still sing in churches today? One collection of texts and tunes, however, that still contributes a significant part to Christian worship today is the Genevan Psalter. Before the time of the Reformation, just about the only music in the church service was in Latin—sung by trained choirs, not congregations. It was the Reformers who emphasized that congregational singing, particularly the singing of the inspired psalms, was a vital part of worship. Around the same time, John Calvin was trying to incorporate the singing of the psalms into the worship of the French Protestants. Between and , he commissioned the creation of a new Psalter, with new tunes that would be easy for untrained singers, and new translations of the psalms in French.

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