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About the
Hymn Tune Index
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HTI: How to Search for a Tune
The Hymn Tune Index allows you to search directly for a tune by the tune's number, name, or incipit (opening notes).

By Number

By Name

  • If you know a name for the tune, try this approach:

    Find tunes where the - Tune Name - contains - (give several CONSECUTIVE letters or numbers)

    Then you can choose the actual name from those that come up.

    Some names have been standardized; for example:
      Psalm xxiii becomes Ps. 23
      Old 100th becomes Ps. 100, Old
      Saint James becomes St. James

    In all cases, there is just one space after any punctuation.

By Tune (Incipit)

  • If you know how the tune begins, search:

    Find tunes where the - Incipit - starts with - (first few CONSECUTIVE notes, preferably at least 8), in numerical code.

    Tunes are coded as follows: 1 for do, 2 for re, 3 for mi, etc. (Use 1 for the tonic, or first note of the scale, in both major and minor.) Ignore rhythm, accidentals, grace notes, and octave registers.

    For help with the tune coding method, go to the Tutorial.

    One or more of the tunes displayed may have a different incipit from the one you typed. This will be either a variant version of the tune, or a tune of which your incipit was a 'descant' or inner harmonic part.

Other Methods of Finding Tunes

  • If you know a text that was used with the tune, or the source it was in, or the composer, go back and try a Text Search, Source Search, or Composer Search.

  • If none of these methods work, the tune may not be in the database at all. Click Scope in the lefthand column, to see why your tune may not be here.


Tune Search
To discover the origin, original form and history of a tune.
First, identify the tune:

Find tunes where the: