E HAVE BEEN posting a lot of rare hymnals lately, in preparation for the Brébeuf Hymnal. This one, however—the famous Laudate Hymnal—is a real find, for both the Ordinary & Extraordinary Forms.
We give the 1950 edition, because (in that edition) they added the names of the authors and composers. Believe it or not, it was never the custom for early Catholic hymnals to include items we now consider absolutely essential, such as the tune names & meters. I’m told the Mediator Dei Hymnal was among the first to remedy this unbelievable situation.
This 274-page file is very large:
* * PDF • Laudate Hymnal & Choir Book (1942)
Dr. Horst Buchholz, Vice-President of the Church Music Association of America, recently made this comment on the CCW Facebook page:
Another vernacular hymnal in my humble collection is the beautiful “Laudate” Hymnal from 1942, which was commissioned by Bishop Paul Schulte for the Diocese of Leavenworth, KS [now the Archdiocese of Kansas City, KS]. The hymnal replaced an older (vernacular) hymnbook by Fr. Hohe, and the musical settings are by Fr. Herman Koch, and Fr. Andrew Green, OSB. Definitely worth a look!
You’ll see Dr. Buchholz was 100% correct when you read the Foreword.
We’ve also made available the Complete Proper Of The Mass, With Organ Accompaniment—published by the same authors in 1946.