Journal article

THE GENEVAN PSALTER IN EIGHTEENTH-CENTURY INDONESIA AND SRI LANKA

David RM Irving

EIGHTEENTH-CENTURY MUSIC | CAMBRIDGE UNIV PRESS | Published : 2014

Abstract

The spread of Protestant Christianity to Indonesia and Sri Lanka in the early modern period involved large-scale translation projects and, from the beginning of the eighteenth century, the publication of metrical psalms in languages spoken by local communities: Portuguese, Malay, Tamil and Sinhala. Selected psalms from the Genevan Psalter, as well as complete versions, were translated and published in South and Southeast Asia on several occasions in the eighteenth century, representing the earliest printing of Western staff notation in Jakarta and Colombo. These psalters were issued in numerous editions, and some were prefaced with a short explanation of the musical scale. Christian communit..

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