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Hymnal collection from 1702

Got this from the Finnish Literature Society’s webstore… a replica and critical edition of “Yxi Tarpelinen Nuotti-Kirja” (A Necessary Book of Sheet Music), a Finnish hymnal collection published in 1702…

Quite an interesting book, there are many very beautiful hymns with very old-fashioned lyrics (the Finnish poetical tradition hadn’t developed yet and the language is quite clumsy). Many of the tunes are still in their original form and not shortened as they appear sometimes in contemporary Finnish hymnal collections.

This is quite a find 🙂

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