This is a PDF version of first verses from the Anglo Genevan Psalter with single notes & simplified keys and chords.
Musical animations are also provided to help the beginning student.
This is an active work in progress, to be updated, corrected and improved on as
time & health permits. Please check the version date on the cover to see if you have the latest copy.
Each page of notation has been made to fit on a single page for ease of viewing on various devices.
Please notify me of any errors that you find and they will be corrected.
As time permits, different styles and techniques for playing these Psalms on the guitar will be made available soon.
The versification and melody adaptations of the Heidelberg Catechism are provided by Aart Blokhuis, from Burlington, Ontario with melodies that are based on familiar Genevan Psalter and Book of Praise Hymn tunes. Though not all samples are shown here yet, it is hoped that Lord willing, many more will be made available.
The animated play along videos and musical notation are created by Riese Heemskerk @ www.Psalms101.ca. These should hopefully provide a simple musical context that will allow the student to learn, sing, and play along using any musical instrument.
This is a sampling of the congregational singing of Hymn 67 Come Lord Jesus Maranatha. (Canadian Reformed Church Smithville 2017)
The text for Hymn 67 in the Canadian Reformed Book of Praise – Come Lord Jesus Maranatha was co-authored by William Helder and William W.J. VanOene, 1979/2009
John Goss composed the melody for LAUDA ANIMA (Latin for the opening words of Psalm 103) for this text in 1868. (It is in the public domain)
Along with his original harmonizations, intended to interpret the different stanzas, the tune was also included in the appendix to Robert Brown¬ Borthwick’s Supplemental Hymn and Tune Book (1869).
LAUDA ANIMA is one of the finest tunes that arose out of the Victorian era.
A reviewer in The Musical Times, June 1869, said, “It is at once the most beautiful and dignified hymn tune which has lately come under our notice.”