I was doing some random reading around in Anglican liturgical texts contained in the Google Books archives. I came across this little gem. It is to be filed under: “Holy Crap! How totally random was that!”
Just after the title page in Vincent’s Chant-Book Companion to the Book of Common Prayer (1880) is a scrawled note by Harvard Library’s processing department when they received this particular volume on May 24, 1939. It reads “Estate of Rev. Charles Hutchins”…
As in, the Rev. Charles Hutchins who edited the Church Hymnal and, in 1897 produced the official authorized-by-General-Convention Church Psalter. Now I’m going to have to go back and look at Hutchin’s chant choices in a whole new light!
I had a look at the Chant-Book Companion and was struck with the thought that much of the material contained therein could actually be used in worship. As in this fall, as soon as the temperature in the nave dips below 85F.
Oh, I’ve found quite a number of interesting things for us to look at for the fall! This volume is just one of them… :-)