davidh Posted June 6, 2011 Share Posted June 6, 2011 Nathaniel Cooke was born in Bosham, West Sussex, and until his death in about 1811 he was the organist of the Brighton Parish Church, St Nicholas in Dyke Road. He published "A collection of Psalms & Hymns, sung at the Parish Church, Brighthelmstone, to which are added several canons and a Te Deum Laudamus. Composed, Selected and Arranged for the Organ or Pianoforte." The first edition had 73 hymn tunes, most of them his own compositions, with names taken from Sussex towns and villages, and the two following editions had many other tunes added. Most are tunes with organ accompaniment, although some are in four part harmony. The ones that I have played through are pleasant enough, although none are now in common use. Their main disadvantage is that they are not easy for congregations to learn; for example, without practise it is difficult to know whether the next syllable goes with the next single note or a melisma of several notes. I have heard that there was an article about him in the first edition of Groves Dictionary of Music. If anyone has access to a copy and could scan it for me I would be very grateful. (Send me a PM to get my email address.) David Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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