Tim Henderson
Thu Apr 20, 2017 10:34am

It doesn't help much with your question, but idly typing Tymperly's Farewell into google books, brought up this damning review of a collection in which it appears. And judging from the company it keeps I must look it up !


Evangelical Magazine and Missionary Chronicle 1865

Melodia Divina

We arе sorry that we can bestow no praise upon this book. It is a retrogression of full fifty years; a collection of all the worst tunes in Walker, Rippon and the old Surrey Chapel music: without exception, a selection of the most unmitigated rubbish it has ever been our lot to look into. In Walker's Tunebook there were good tunes interspersed among the bad. There is scarcely one good tune in this costly volume. If -which is certainly not the case - it were, as the title page says, a collection of "the most popular Psalm and Hymn Tunes" we can only say that this would be cause for very great humiliation. Its tune-writers are such as Avison, Milgrave, Moretón, Leach, and T Clarke. None of our modern tune writers -Wesley, Gauntlett, Havergal, Goss, &c has a place in it.
Its tunes are,
New Magdalen,
New York,
Negro's Hymn of Glory,
Tymperly's Farewell &c.,

Such tunes as
St Mary,
Kiel &c,
which, we suppose, are not popular tunes to the editor's little world -for he tells us that "no tune deservedly popular is omitted" - have no place here, although used by almost every other congregation in the kingdom.The editor we presume is a Wesleyan; but instead of following the good example of later Wesleyan compilers, such as Mr Dodson, of Manchester, whose admirable selection is before us, he has scraped together all the worthless tunes sung at the beginning of the century, and that linger now only in villages and less intelligent congregations. He is apparently an old man, which may, perhaps, account for the strange reproductions of the sins of his youth. Like the old Bourbons he has apparently learnt
nothing and forgotten nothing. Scarcely any use is made of old Church psalmody. Of Luther's grand chorals, now so largely included in all selections, only one - Luther's Hymn - appears; the only other mention of his name being the ignorant attribution to him of the Old Hundredth, which he probably never saw. The fine old English Psalter tunes are apparently unknown to the editor. Modern psalmody, except Mr Fawcett's own compositions, of which there are more than a hundred, are wholly ignored. The adaptations from Handel, Mozart &c, are of a very vicious character. One tune is manufactured out of the Benedictus
in Mozart's Twelfth Mass; another out of one of Mendelssohn's Four part Songs &c. In short, the book more cleverly avoids everything good, and includes everything that is bad, than any book that we have seen. If it were not so costly, we would recommend our readers to get it as a simple curiosity. We feel it to be an imperative duty thus to denounce such a desecration of God's praise.

"Melodía Divina" Comprising the most Popular Psalm and Hymn Tunes, many Original Compositions, Adaptations from Handel,Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Mendelssohn, &c Edited, and Adapted to appropriate Words, by Joseph Hart; the Arrangement forVoice and Pianoforte or Harmonium by John Fawcett. New Edition (Published for the Proprietor by John Shepherd.)

  • Tymperly
    Jonathan Stanyon, Wed Apr 19 8:42pm
    I just wondered if anyone had come across a chap called Tymperly. I came across two pieces, one called 'Tymperly' and the other 'Tymperly's Farewell' These are included in 'The Wesleyan Psalmist'... more
    • Tymperly
      Tim Henderson, Thu Apr 20 10:34am
      • Timperly
        Anne Willis, Thu Apr 20 11:51am
        I am sorry the review despises Avison, but I suppose that's fashion for you. I am interested in the reference to the'old Surrey Chapel Music'. Does a copy of this survive? I ask because my current... more
        • Surr(e)y Chapel Music
          Tim Henderson, Thu Apr 20 6:05pm
          Indeed printed copies of the Surrey Chapel Music do survive. For example the British Library has Title: A Collection of Hymn Tunes ... composed for the use of Surr[e]y Chapel by Dr. Arnold, Messrs.... more
        • Re: Timperly
          Anonymous, Thu Apr 20 12:28pm
          Anne: Having ancestors who grew and sold rhubarb and this variety, I can`t resist chipping in again. I think the rhubarb name comes from the Cheshire village which had many market gardens:... more
          • Surrey Chapel/Rhubarb
            Anne Willis, Fri Apr 21 10:41am
            Thanks for the replies on these, and the fascinating web link. Does anyone know of any names of those who sang in the Surrey Chapel choir? I seem to remember reading that the father of the organ... more
            • Re: Surrey Chapel/Rhubarb
              Anonymous, Sat Apr 22 11:13am
              I had always thought from the pictures and descriptions of Surrey Chapel that there was no separate choir and the congregation joined in all the musical items in services... more
          • Forgot to give my name
            David Welch, Thu Apr 20 12:30pm
            I slipped up on the above message.
    • It`s in the Hymn Tune Index
      David Welch, Thu Apr 20 8:57am
      Hello Jonathan, If you go into HTI and put Tymperley into the composer box, you`ll find your two tunes. They are 9952 and 10088. And Nicholas has commented that they have no connection to himself... more
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