Reference Entry

gathering note

Edited by Alison Latham

in The Oxford Companion to Music


Published online January 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199579037

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In hymn-singing, a note played by the organist before the first (or each) verse of a hymn to alert the congregation and establish the pitch. In the late 16th century and the 17th a gathering note often prefaced each line of the tune....

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Subjects: Music

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