(FREE) Hymn Collections
This page offers free PDF downloads of historical hymn collections, which contain some of the finest harmonizations of hymns ever devised (especially Ralph Vaughan Williams’ harmonizations, which stand without equal). These are valuable historical documents in themselves. Hymns and chorales (which are synonymous) are indispensable for pianists because they train and build up more skills than any other style of music. Piano students and teachers tend to overemphasize virtuoso music and neglect the simple and direct playing of four-part harmonies, a skill in which far too many pianists are lacking. Selected hymns from these volumes are performed, taught, and analyzed on The Well-Rounded Pianist!