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