excerpt from 'Musical letters from abroad' pp. 300-301 (158 words)

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Congregational chanting is very good in some of the non-conformist churches; it was really excellent in Rev. Mr. Brock's church this evening. The chant was in unison[. ...] Of course, the organist played full harmony. The fine old tune, Tallis, (Cantica Laudis, p. 307,) was sung to the 23d Psalm, 

"My shepherd will supply my need." 

The organ is very well played by an amateur; yet he has the habit of stopping his instrument at the end of each stanza, so as to break up all flow of melody. We hardly know a worse habit than this, which we have heard in several places where the organ is used in non-conformist places of worship. An introductory voluntary was played, but no afterlude, or marching the people out. The congregation is always large at this church, almost every seat being occupied; yet there are no congregations of three or five thousand people here, as we find in different parts of Germany.

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