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Extempore Playing
(d) Contrary motion may be used:
At the conclusion of a hymn a short postlude is often desirable. If an 'Amen' is sung after the hymn {which should be done only when the concluding stanza is a versified Gloria) the postlude may be suggested by it, or it may be taken from the last line of the tune, or from some other feature:
In some places it is customary to extend the time occupied by the singing of a hymn by commencing it again and repeating some of the verses. A moment's thought will show that this is a deplorable proceeding, for a hymn should never be looked upon as a convenient noise to cover the tramping of feet, but as a definite part of a
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