The Companion Tune Book
For Use with Gadsby’s Hymns
A beautiful and durable cloth bound volume, with gold stamped lettering on cover and spine, and gold page edges.
Given the sheer size of the Gadsby Hymnal, and its absence of musical score, churches using that worthy hymnal often had no tune book to provide all the metres found in it; thus, the production of this beautiful volume was undertaken, to fill that need. The title of the tune and the musical score are in this volume; the lyrics are not printed to save space, thus making it possible to include all the tunes instead.
This tune book has been used internationally as the valuable companion to Gadsby’s Hymnbook since 1927. This latest edition has 1011 tunes.
Preface to this edition:
It was in view of all the circumstances that churches which use Gadsby’s Selection of Hymns had no Tune Book comprehensive enough to embrace all the metres to be found in their hymn book, that the Committee were led to undertake the production of a book capable of answering all demands likely to be made upon it, and one that, at the same time might commend itself to the churches.
The aim of the compilers has been to include in The Companion Tune Book the ‘old favorites’, still greatly beloved and in general use; also authors, not so popular now as in time past, but which are of such merit as to deserve a place in the book; a selection of more recent compositions found in other collections; and a number of new tunes now published for the first time; many of these latter, it is confidently anticipated will soon become as highly valued as their predecessors.