Hymn Tune Index Records

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Hymn Tune Index Data

Research Notes & Research Correspondence

Administrative Records

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Collection Overview

Title: Hymn Tune Index Records, 1964-2007Add to your cart.

ID: 12/5/81

Primary Creator: Temperley, Nicholas (1932-2020)

Extent: 4.75 cubic feet

Arrangement: Materials are arranged into four series: Series 1) Hymn Tune Index Data, Series 2) Research Notes and Research Correspondence, Series 3) Administrative Records, and Series 4) Digital Content. Series 1 is arranged into two sub-series, Sub-Series 1) Data Input Cards and 2) Data Source Information and Research Files. This material follows the original order of the files, which are arranged by Generic Code, Title Code, and Compiler Code and Alphabetically therein. Series 2 is arranged into 5 subseries: 1) Correspondence, 2) Bibliographies, 3) Articles, 4) Material from other Institutions, and 5) Parodies. This material follows the original order. Series 3 is arranged into two subseries 1) Internal and 2) Publication, both follow the original order. Series 4 is arranged into two subseries 1) Computer Storage and Disks and 2) Paper copies.

Date Acquired: 06/21/2021

Subjects: Choral music, Church music, Vocal music

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

This collection contains the Hymn Tune Index and the research that went into it, including handwritten data entry cards, HTI entries, photocopies of newspaper articles, advertisements and books, professional correspondence, a photograph, floppy disks, a CD, typed and handwritten pages of notes, newspaper subscriber lists, genealogies, library catalogs, and sheet music.

Collection Historical Note

The Hymn Tune Index was a project founded by Nicholas Temperley after the publication of his 1979 book, The Music of the English Parish Church. Temperley, who sought to compile a list of historic sources of hymns, won a three-year grant from the National Endowment of the Humanities to fund the project. The Index includes a comprehensive census of English-language hymn tunes, except for tunes found within single manuscripts and barrel-organs, from 1535 up to 1820. Many of the sources were gathered by Temperley himself, while others were gathered by Carl Manns and graduate assistant Joseph Herl. The team gathered as many original sources as possible in the form of photocopies, microfilm, and handwritten indexes for sources that could not be duplicated. Between 1982 and 1985, the HTI team compiled their index in a database created by George Chaltas, which was written in FORTRAN 77. Due to the limits of the technology, tune citations were initially limited to 80 characters, including source code, tune incipit, text code, tune name, attribution, voice setting, and key. Attribution was limited to 15 characters, which resulted in a loss of information about the composer that has never been remedied. In 1988, the database was transfered to a Unix operating system and further programming was done by Eric Loeb, Jehng-Jung Kao, and Joseph Herl. In 1993, the database was transfered again to Paradox, which ran under Microsoft Windows 3.1.

The first printed edition of the Hymn Tune Index was completed in 1998 and published by Oxford University Press in four volumes. Two years later Joseph Herl redesigned the Online Index interface. On June 30, 2007, the management of the interface was transferred to the University of Illinois Library.

Biographical Note

Nicholas Temperley (1932-2020) was born in Beaconsfield, England on August 7, 1932. His parents were Arthur Cecil Temperley, a Major-General of the British Army who served as a representative at the League of Nations, and Joyce van Oss, a Dutch musician and author. Temperley began his musical studies at the age of five, performing on piano and studying composition. After his father died in 1939, he was admitted to an all-boy's boarding school. In this same year he published his first composition entitled "Elegy," which appeared in a British publication called The Young Musician. In 1945, Temperley won a Foundation Scholarship to study at Eaton College, where he received further musical instruction until 1951. In 1948, his mother married a German refugee named Donald von Hirsch, who would go on to lead the German Institute in London. Temperley then earned his associate degree in piano performance at the Royal College of Music in 1952 as well as a certificate in organ performance at the Royal College of Organists in 1954. Following this, he earned another Foundation Scholarship to study music at King's College, Cambridge University where he earned a bachelor of arts degree (Double First in Music) in 1955, a bachelor's of music degree in 1956, and both his master's and doctoral degrees in 1959. While at King's College, Temperley specialized in the history of English music during the Classical and Romantic periods and he took additional courses in composition and organ performance.

Following his graduation from King's College, Temperley moved to the United States, becoming a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. It was here that Temperley met Mary Dorothea Sleator, an assistant professor of English who was also an active singer in Urbana. The two were married a year later in Ann Arbor, Michigan. While in Urbana, Temperley published several early articles on the influence of Handel, Beethoven, Mozart, and Mendelssohn upon English composers; founded an amateur carol group called the "Temperley Singers"; and served as a music critic for the Champaign-Urbana Courier.

In 1961, he and Mary moved to the UK, Temperley having accepted a position as an assistant lecturer at Cambridge University and the Director of Studies in Music at Claire College, Cambridge. In addition to his teaching responsibilities, Temperley edited and revised both the entrance exams and the "Musical Tripos" final exams for graduate students. Two of Temperley's children were born during this time, Lucy (1962) and David (1963). During this period, Temperley began publishing short articles on the history of English Parish Church music and Victorian opera. He also combined his historical research with his interest in composition, arranging new editions of Victorian operas. While at Cambridge in 1966, he resurrected the Victorian-era composer Edward Loder's opera Raymond and Agnes. Soon after, Temperley accepted a position as an assistant professor at Yale University, where he taught for a year.

In 1967, Temperley returned to the University of Illinois as an associate professor in musicology. On the first day of school, his third child, Sylvia, was born. Temperley was promoted to full professor in 1972, at which point he had already written nearly two dozen articles about English music in the Victorian era. Temperley published his first book, Jonathan Gray and Church Music in York, 1770-1840 five years later in 1977. Two years later he received the Otto Kinkeldey Award from the American Musicological Society for his book, The Music of the English Parish Church. Building upon his research on hymns and church music, Temperley founded the Hymn Tune Index at the University of Illinois in 1982. As a research center, the Hymn Tune Index compiled an archive of hymns printed in English texts up to 1820 and published a reference book of their findings in four volumes begininng in 1998.

In 1981, Temperley published The Romantic Age: 1800-1914, a groundbreaking book on the music of the Victorian era. He would go on to edit several other books related to Victorian music including the 20-volume series The London Piano Forte School 1766-1860. Tied to his research on this era, Temperley also completed critical editions of both Berlioz's Symphonie fantastique (1971) and Haydn's The Creation (1988); a revised edition of John Gay's the Beggar's Opera (1984); and arrangements of two unfinished operas, George Friedrich Handel's Hercules (1985) and Mozart's La Oca del Cairo (1991).

After serving two terms as department chair of the Musicology Division and being named a University Senior Scholar between 1986 and 1989, he retired in 1996. Temperley continued to research and publish in the areas of English church music and Victorian-era opera. For instance, in 2007, Temperley served as the co-editor alongside Sally Drage for a critical edition of 18th-Century English church music for the Musica Britannica series. In 2016, he published his twelfth book, Musicians of Bath and Beyond: Edward Loder (1809-1865) and His Family. In 2018, he and Beth Quitslund published the first critical edition of the Elizabethan era congregational book The Whole Book of Psalms, Collected into English Metre.

During his retirement, Temperley remained connected to the Musicology Division at the University of Illinois, establishing a dissertation prize in 2003 and a research prize in 2017. Temperley also spent his retirement staging Gilbert and Sullivan operettas in Urbana and in 2009 he published Christmas is Coming, a collection of original and arranged carols. Temperley died on April 19, 2020 in Urbana Illinois.

Subject/Index Terms

Choral music
Church music
Vocal music

Administrative Information

Repository: The Sousa Archives and Center for American Music

Acquisition Source: School of Music

Acquisition Method: Transfer.

Related Materials: Nicholas Temperley Music and Papers 12/5/80


Box and Folder Listing


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[Series 1: Hymn Tune Index Data, 1976-2009],
[Series 2: Research Notes & Research Correspondence, 1954-2020],
[Series 3: Administrative Records, 1982-2000],
[Series 4: Digital Content, 1985-2002],
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Series 2: Research Notes & Research Correspondence, 1954-2020Add to your cart.
Contains correspondence pertaining to the Hymn Tune Index. Also contains newspapers, their subscriber lists, and biblioraphies of other collections of hymns used to locate hymns for the index.
Sub-Series 1: Correspondence, 1981-2020Add to your cart.
Contains correspondence pertaining to the construction and administration of the Hymn Tune Index as well as correspondence to and from researchers seeking to make use of the completed HTI. The Benson Collection Princeton folders contain correspondence regarding a group, which is why it falls out of the alphabetical order the other correspondence folders containing material regarding individuals subscribe to.
Box 3Add to your cart.
Folder 118: Dating (Correspondence) (1 of 2), 1985-1991Add to your cart.
Folder 119: Dating (Problems) (2 of 2), 1995Add to your cart.
Folder 120: ECSTC Search, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 121: HTI Correspendence 2 Search Questions, 2006-2020Add to your cart.
Folder 122: Requests for Information (1 of 11), 1981-1983Add to your cart.
Folder 123: Requests for Information (2 of 11), 1983-1985Add to your cart.
Folder 124: Requests for Information (3 of 11), 1986-1987Add to your cart.
Folder 125: Requests for Information (4 of 11), 1986-1988Add to your cart.
Folder 126: Requests for Information (5 of 11), 1988Add to your cart.
Folder 127: Requests for Information (6 of 11), 1988-1989Add to your cart.
Folder 128: Requests for Information (7 of 11), 1989-1990Add to your cart.
Folder 129: Requests for Information (8 of 11), 1990-1993Add to your cart.
Folder 130: Requests for Information (9 of 11), 1993-1995Add to your cart.
Folder 131: Requests for Information (10 of 11), 1995-1997Add to your cart.
Folder 132: Requests for Information (11 of 11), 1997-1998Add to your cart.
Folder 133: Adey, 1994Add to your cart.
Folder 134: Cooke, Nym, 1996Add to your cart.
Folder 135: Crawford, Richard, 1992Add to your cart.
Folder 136: Drage, Sally, 1997Add to your cart.
Folder 137: Holman, Peter, 1996Add to your cart.
Folder 138: Kroeger, Karl, 1991Add to your cart.
Folder 139: Leaver, Robin A. (The Reverend), 1982-1987Add to your cart.
Folder 140: Newman, WIlliam S., 1964-1968Add to your cart.
Folder 141: Rootley, Eric, 1982Add to your cart.
Folder 142: Sams, Eric, 1971Add to your cart.
Folder 143: Tringham, Nigel, 1999Add to your cart.
Folder 144: Benson Collection Princeton (1 of 3), undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 145: Benson Collection Princeton (2 of 3), undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 146: Benson Collection Princeton (3 of 3), undatedAdd to your cart.
Sub-Series 2: Bibliographies, 1954-1993Add to your cart.
Consists of newspapers, newspaper subscriber lists, and biblipgraphies of hymn collections used for researching the hymns found in the index.
Box 4Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Database Records, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: Newspapers (1 of 2), undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: Newspapers (2 of 2), undated, 1993Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Subscriber Lists (1 of 2), undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: Subscriber Lists (2 of 2), undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: Publishers, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 7: Reviews, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 8: Stationers' Hall, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 9: "A" List, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 10: A Preliminary Survey of Roman Catholic Hymns, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 11: Cowan: A Bibliography of the Book of Common Order and Psalm Book of the Church of Scotland, 1556-1644, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 12: Lowens: "Checklist of American Tunebooks", 1954Add to your cart.
Folder 13: DAH Denomination Codes, 1984Add to your cart.
Sub-Series 3: Articles, 1966-1990Add to your cart.
Consists of advertisements and articles used as research for hymn tunes and their locations.
Box 4Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Advertisements, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 15: Froot's Notes, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 16: Crawford arts, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 17: Hicks-Mormon Hymnology, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 18: D. Hunter's Paper (1 of 2), 1987-1990Add to your cart.
Folder 19: D. Hunter's Paper (2 of 2), 1987-1990Add to your cart.
Folder 20: Illing, Robert (Barley), 1968Add to your cart.
Folder 21: K. Kroeger Arts, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 22: Leaver "A Chritmas Service in Dutch", undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 23: N. Temperley, "Organ Music in Parish Churches, 1660-1730", undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 24: HSGBI Bulletin, undatedAdd to your cart.
Sub-Series 4: Material from other institutions, 1966-1988Add to your cart.
Consists of indexes and catalogues of hymns from other institutions and publications.
Box 4Add to your cart.
Folder 25: Other Indexes of Hymn Tunes, 1981Add to your cart.
Folder 26: National Library of Ireland, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 27: National Library of Scotland, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 28: UCLA Card Catalog, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 29: Dr. Williams's Library (1 of 2), undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 30: Dr. Williams's Library (2 of 2), undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 31: Lowens Colleciton of Tune Books, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 32: University of Iowa Music Library, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 33: Western Kentucky University, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 34: Warrington Collection, 1966Add to your cart.
Folder 35: Sternhold and Hopkins Psalms (16.B.2-4 Series), 1987-1988Add to your cart.
Folder 36: Sternhold and Hopkins (in Rare Book Room at UIUC), 1974Add to your cart.
Sub-Series 5: Parodies, 1993-1996Add to your cart.
Consists of correspondence with other institutions and sheet music used to understand which hymns were parodies of other songs.
Box 4Add to your cart.
Folder 37: Parodies: Various, undated, 1993, 1996Add to your cart.
Folder 38: Parodies: Correspondence, 1993Add to your cart.
Folder 39: Anfossi, 1993Add to your cart.
Folder 40: Arne, 1993Add to your cart.
Folder 41: J.S. Bach, 1993Add to your cart.
Folder 42: CPE Bach/Graun, 1993Add to your cart.
Folder 43: Beethoven, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 44: Bononcini, 1993Add to your cart.
Folder 45: Boyce, 1993Add to your cart.
Folder 46: Corelli, 1993Add to your cart.
Folder 47: Cramer, 1993Add to your cart.
Folder 48: Croft, 1993Add to your cart.
Folder 49: Greene, 1993Add to your cart.
Folder 50: Handel, 1993Add to your cart.
Folder 51: Hasse, 1993Add to your cart.
Folder 52: Mozart, 1993Add to your cart.
Folder 53: Haydn, 1993Add to your cart.
Folder 54: Pleyel, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 55: Purcell, 1993Add to your cart.
Folder 56: Frost/Pidoux, undatedAdd to your cart.

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