Scottish Psalter split-leaf

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ReformedInSweden

Puritan Board Freshman
Does anyone know where you can purchase a split-leaf edition (music edition, not sol-fa) of the Scottish Psalter of 1650?
The Free Church of Scotland sold them some years back, but doesn't any more. Crown And Covenant doesn't seem to carry them any more either.
The Trinitarian Bible Society (UK) carries the words-only editions but no split-leafs.
 

TylerRay

Puritan Board Graduate
The Free Church (Continuing) still publishes and sells them. You can order one direct from them. I'll figure out how later this morning when I have time to look.

I don't think you'll be able to get a new one anywhere else.
 

johnny

Puritan Board Sophomore
Hi Maria,

My wife and I brought our red split psalter second hand from a Reformed Bookshop.
But I did find this on online for you and I think its the same one we have. (Second one down)

http://sing-the-psalms.webs.com/resources.htm

Another way is to convert the midi files on Reverend Ruddells Christ Covenant Reformed website into music files. They are straight from the red split leaf (no difference) we use them at our church.
I use a program called noteworthy to convert them, there is a small learning curve required.

They also have the tune allocations, its a fantastic resource, highly reccomended.
http://www.christcovenantrpc.org/audio/psalm-singing/
 

johnny

Puritan Board Sophomore
The Free Church (Continuing) still publishes and sells them. You can order one direct from them. I'll figure out how later this morning when I have time to look.

I don't think you'll be able to get a new one anywhere else.
While I was looking, Tyler has solved your problem :)
 

Jake

Puritan Board Junior
I've heard of people getting them from James Dickson books in Scotland, even outside of Scotland. The only edition I see available now is a 1929 Scottish Psalter with paraphrases. I have used this edition before and it seemed the Psalm lyrics were all the same as the 1650 Psalter, but it included Scripture paraphrases and about 5 hymns in the back.

https://jamesdicksonbooks.com/
 

TylerRay

Puritan Board Graduate
The following page has publications available from the FC(C). While the Psalter is not listed on the page, I'd contact Bill McQueer to ask about it if I were you--I'll bet he can hook you up. His contact information is at the bottom of the page.

http://www.freechurchcontinuing.org/publications/books/list-of-publications

For what it's worth, I bought mine from my Presbytery directly. My pastor is the treasurer, so all I had to do was bring him the money, and he brought me the Psalter. I think you're probably better off having it shipped from Scotland than the US, though.
 

Afterthought

Puritan Board Senior
johnny said:
But I did find this on online for you and I think its the same one we have. (Second one down)

http://sing-the-psalms.webs.com/resources.htm
Yes, this is where you need to go to purchase them. Email the name listed there and ask for the Scottish Psalmody (staff, since you want the music edition). They will then tell you what you need to do. However, note that when I purchased a couple of them last year, they used Paypal. I was planning on purchasing another couple of them soon, but I haven't gotten to it yet, so I don't know if they're still using Paypal.
 

ReformedInSweden

Puritan Board Freshman
They also have the tune allocations, its a fantastic resource, highly reccomended.
http://www.christcovenantrpc.org/audio/psalm-singing/
Thanks, that's a marvellous resource!

Actually I do own a split-leaf psalter myself, I just wanted to check where they're still available, as I'm going to write about different psalters for worship on my blog soon, in case someone would like to purchase one. On my blog I collect and make known all kinds of reformed resources from the web because Calvinism and the reformed church is almost unknown in Sweden. This 'psalms for singing-phenomenon' is also totally unknown in Sweden. There's nothing like that in Swedish at all. We use the word "psalm" for hymn!!! (A psalm from the Book of Psalms in the Bible is called 'psalter-psalm' in Swedish.) So when you'd mention a 'book of psalms for singing' in Sweden, people would automatically think of a hymnal, because metrical psalms do not exist at all, people have never even heard of it.

Actually I myself have several English ones, but my favourite is still the Scottish one of 1650 because of it's simplicity.
I hope I'll ever be able to visit a church where it's used, but for now private use will have to make do.
 

Logan

Puritan Board Junior
Actually I do own a split-leaf psalter myself, I just wanted to check where they're still available, as I'm going to write about different psalters for worship on my blog soon, in case someone would like to purchase one.
I did a series of reviews of different psalters a few years ago, if that would be of any help to you. I won't claim they are excellent by any means but I did:

1650 Scottish Psalter
The Comprehensive Psalter (1650 text)
The Scottish Psalmody (1650 text)
The Psalter of 1912
The Psalms for Singing (RPCNA)
The Psalms for Worship (RPCNA)
Sing Psalms
Psalms for Singing: A 21st Century Edition
The Complete Book of Psalms for Singing with Study Notes

You can find them on Pastor Koller's site.
 

ZackF

Puritan Board Graduate
Actually I do own a split-leaf psalter myself, I just wanted to check where they're still available, as I'm going to write about different psalters for worship on my blog soon, in case someone would like to purchase one.
I did a series of reviews of different psalters a few years ago, if that would be of any help to you. I won't claim they are excellent by any means but I did:

1650 Scottish Psalter
The Comprehensive Psalter (1650 text)
The Scottish Psalmody (1650 text)
The Psalter of 1912
The Psalms for Singing (RPCNA)
The Psalms for Worship (RPCNA)
Sing Psalms
Psalms for Singing: A 21st Century Edition
The Complete Book of Psalms for Singing with Study Notes

You can find them on Pastor Koller's site.
Logan,

Thank you very kindly! Is this the "Sing Psalms" you mentioned in the review as your link has expired?
 

Ray

Puritan Board Freshman
The following page has publications available from the FC(C). While the Psalter is not listed on the page, I'd contact Bill McQueer to ask about it if I were you--I'll bet he can hook you up. His contact information is at the bottom of the page.

http://www.freechurchcontinuing.org/publications/books/list-of-publications

For what it's worth, I bought mine from my Presbytery directly. My pastor is the treasurer, so all I had to do was bring him the money, and he brought me the Psalter. I think you're probably better off having it shipped from Scotland than the US, though.
I'm trying to buy a whole case of Split-Leaf Psalters at a whole sale price so I can give them away to brothers and sisters in the Lord at my church with RPW convictions. I prefer this Psalter over all other because it's easy to sing through the whole Psalter without knowing or having to memorize different tunes. Most people are not musically inclined. Please get back to me with info about purchasing. I want a whole case if The price is right.
 

ReformedInSweden

Puritan Board Freshman
I'm trying to buy a whole case of Split-Leaf Psalters at a whole sale price so I can give them away to brothers and sisters in the Lord at my church with RPW convictions. I prefer this Psalter over all other because it's easy to sing through the whole Psalter without knowing or having to memorize different tunes. Most people are not musically inclined. Please get back to me with info about purchasing. I want a whole case if The price is right.
You could try it here
 

au5t1n

Puritan Board Post-Graduate
Another way is to convert the midi files on Reverend Ruddells Christ Covenant Reformed website into music files. They are straight from the red split leaf (no difference) we use them at our church.
I use a program called noteworthy to convert them, there is a small learning curve required.

They also have the tune allocations, its a fantastic resource, highly reccomended.
http://www.christcovenantrpc.org/audio/psalm-singing/
Just to clarify, in those recordings we are singing from The Comprehensive Psalter, which is not a split-leaf psalter. It is red; that part is true. The words are those of the 1650 Scottish Psalter, but the tunes are assigned in order to facilitate memorization.
 

TylerRay

Puritan Board Graduate
Just to clarify, in those recordings we are singing from The Comprehensive Psalter, which is not a split-leaf psalter. It is red; that part is true. The words are those of the 1650 Scottish Psalter, but the tunes are assigned in order to facilitate memorization.
It's funny--in family worship, my wife uses the Comprehensive Psalter, and I use the split-leaf. We try to stick to the tunes from the Comprehensive Psalter as much as we can, but sometimes we deviate. The split-leaf has most of the tunes that the Comprehensive Psalter uses.
 

PeterR

Puritan Board Freshman
Is the music in the Comprehensive Psalter based on a Reformed Presbyterian Church of Ireland edition of the Scottish Psalter? Both of course are out of print and hard to find. Occasionally a tune is strikingly different to what I have been used to in Scotland - the beginning of "Bishopsgate" being a case in point.

Incidentally it appears that the Free Church of Scotland (Continuing)'s printing of the staff music "Scottish Psalmody" (identical in content to previous Free Church of Scotland edition) may also be unavailable for a time, though I would hope it won't be too long. We were able to order 6 copies of it from them yesterday for selling, but I think they are all already reserved for our customers.

There are plenty of unused copies of the 1991 tonic sol-fa edition still available from both the FC and FCC and ourselves, but since this is composed of letters and dots (unlike the American shape-note system) it requires a whole new learning process for most people in the present day, apart from Africans, who have hung on to this method when the UK has largely abandoned it.
 

Jake

Puritan Board Junior
The Comprehensive Psalter includes some newer tunes as well that I have not seen in other editions of the 1650, such as I Need Thee (the music for the Hymn of the same name) for "Lord, let my prayer prevail..." and several tunes newly composed for the Psalter (by Pastor Ruddell I believe).
 

johnny

Puritan Board Sophomore
Just to clarify, in those recordings we are singing from The Comprehensive Psalter, which is not a split-leaf psalter. It is red; that part is true. The words are those of the 1650 Scottish Psalter, but the tunes are assigned in order to facilitate memorization.
Thank you, I did not know that :)

When I converted the midi files through our notation software, the actual sheet music was identical to our split leaf psalter so I just assumed as much. Unfortunately I have had to cull back our tunes somewhat (not everyone in the new congregation was musically able to keep up with us) so now we rotate 16 tunes and we are planing to introduce 8 more this year.
 
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