Salt Lake City: The Deseret News Company, 1896. Second Edition. [310pp.] Quarto [25.5 cm] Green cloth with the title gilt stamped on the front board and backstrip. Subtle discoloring to the front board. Very good. Item #7442
Nice copy of the second edition of the L.D.S. Psalmody that contains music and lyrics for 353 faith-promoting songs. After 1844, the first official LDS hymnbook to include music was The Latter-day Saints' Psalmody, published in 1889. At that time, many of the familiar LDS hymns that are sung today were finally fixed in place - but not with the tunes that were sung back in 1835. The Psalmody was a conscious effort by the leaders of the LDS Church to develop a hymn style of their own. Budding composers in the church were encouraged to submit new tunes to fit the new and old lyrics. Most of the old tunes were cast aside without ever having been committed to print, and the memory of them was quickly lost. The Psalmody was intended to be a supplement to the "Manchester Hymnal". Each hymn in the Psalmody was cross-referenced by page number to the "Manchester Hymnal", so that either hymnbook could be used during worship services.
"The origination (by the approval of the late President John Taylor) and completion (to the acceptance of the First Presidency of the Church) of this the largest and most important musical work yet published in Utah, has been to the undersigned a labor of love and principle. Our aim has been to present a suitable and acceptable tune for every hymn in the Latter-day Saints' Hymn Book. We have been materially aided by the contributions of those who have so readily placed their appreciated compositions at our disposal. The original music, with some few exceptions, is the production of 'our mountain home' composers." - Compilers' Preface. Flake/Draper 1788.