Pastor J.H. Hulsken and his chorale book by Henny Wullink

by Henny Wullink | Het ORGEL | Year 104 | (2008) | Issue 3

Henny Wullink Pastor J.H. Hulsken and his chorale book
HetORGEL 104 (2008), nr. 3, 4-13 [summary]
Congregational singing and accompaniment in the Netherlands were not ofgood quality in the nineteenth century.  J.H. Hulsken(1786-1876), pastor of the Hervormde Kerk in Losser (near Oldenzaal),who was famous in his time for his organological expertise, wished toimprove the situation. From correspondence with his sons Jan and Samuelit is known that he bought and studied several chorale books. In 1839 he published his own chorale book with settings of the psalmsand hymns from the collections of the Dutch Reformed Church. He probably made this collection because he found the existingcollections too difficult for rural organists.  The forewordcontains elementary music theory lessons as well as interestinginformation on Hulsken’s opinions about churchmusic.  The melodies are provided with a bass part indicatedby letters;  the chords are indicated by numerals.