Pastor J.H. Hulsken and his chorale book
ORGEL 104 (2008), nr. 3, 4-13 [summary]
Congregational singing and accompaniment in the Netherlands were not of
good 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 to
improve the situation. From correspondence with his sons Jan and Samuel
it is known that he bought and studied several chorale books.
In 1839 he published his own chorale book with settings of the psalms
and hymns from the collections of the Dutch Reformed Church.
He probably made this collection because he found the existing
collections too difficult for rural organists. The foreword
contains elementary music theory lessons as well as interesting
information on Hulsken’s opinions about church
music. The melodies are provided with a bass part indicated
by letters; the chords are indicated by numerals.