The Hymn

Articles from Vol. 58, No. 1, Winter

2007 Hymnic Anniversaries
When the Editor asked Mary Louise and me to compile this hymnic anniversaries article, it was with her suggestion that we use The Dictionary of North American Hymnolqgy in the process, partly as a way of highlighting the dictionary, which celebrates...
Accompanying Unaccompanied Negro Spirituals
If the tide of this column seems contradictory or an oxymoron, as in "cruel kindness," it is, but it seems to best describe what I hope to present in this article. John Lovell, Jr. defines the Afro-American spiritual as . . . "an independent folk song,...
Another Step Forward
I remember discovering the fine print in my hymnal as a child. There were odd abbreviations and some very odd words in foreign languages, but some of the print was easily recognizable - things like names and years. My grandmother, the organist at our...
Awake, My Soul: The Story of the Sacred Harp
Awake, My Soul: The Story of the Sacred HarpA film by Matt and Erica Hinton. Atlanta, GA: Awake Productions, 2006. DVD (1 hour, 15 minutes). U. S. $20.00. [further information and orders: www.awakemysoul.com].For one who wants to know about Sacred Harp...
Editor's Notes
Our culture takes note of anniversaries: birthdays, weddings, deaths, etc. Usually the date itself holds no special significance; it is the passage of time that merits observation. Virtually all cultures and religions commemorate important anniversaries...
From the Executive Director
Here we are, at another milestone year for The Hymn Society! It seems like only yesterday that we were celebrating 80 years since our founding, and now it's 85 years.In many ways, this organization is in very good shape: our publications and conferences...
How Sweet the Sound: Music in the Spiritual Lives of Americans
How Sweet the Sound: Music in the Spiritual Lives of Americans by David W. Stowe. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2004. 335+xii pp. ISBN: 0-674-01290-9. U.S. $27.95.What makes a music history text good? I asked this question while reading How...
Hymns in Periodical Literature
The Theology of HymnodyJohn R. Tyson, "Charles Wesley and the Language of Evangelical Experience: The Poetical Hermeneutic Revisited," The Asbury Journal 61/1 (Spring 2006), 25-46.Charles Wesley is not usually named as one of the major "formal theologians"...
Interview with Herman G. Stuempfle, Jr., Fellow of the Hymn Society
Herman G. Stuempfle, Jr. was named a Fellow of The Hymn Society in 2004. He is the author of four collections published by GIA: The Word Goes Forth (1993), Redeeming the Time (1997), Awake Our Hearts to Praise (2000) and Wondrous Love Has Called Us!...
I Will Not Sing Alone: Songs for the Season of Love
I Will Not Sing Alone: Songs for the Season of Love by John L. Bell. Chicago, IL: GIA Publications, Inc., 2006. 80 pp. ISBN: 1-57999-583-7. U.S. $17.95.In this recent collection from John Bell and the Wild Goose Resource Group of the John Community,...
Mir Vam! (Peace Be with You!): Hymnal of the Russia United Methodist Church
Mir Vam! (Peace be with you!): Hymnal of the Russia United Methodist Church edited by Lyudmila Garbusova. Moscow: GBGMusik, 2002. 318 pp. ISBN: 1-890569-55-0. U.S. $20.Russian Methodism re-emerged in the 1990s after a long hibernation during communism....
Sing the Wondrous Love of Jesus: Women Hymn Writers and Their Songs
BOOKS Sing the Wondrous Love of Jesus: Women Hymn Writers and Their Songs by Joyce D. Sohl. S T Kimbrough, Jr. and Carlton R. Young, Hymn Ed. New York: General Board of Global Ministries / GBG Music, 2006. 110 pp text, 79 hymns with music, indices. ISBN:...
Songs of Devotion No. 2
Songs of Devotion No. 2 edited by Simon Filbrun. Fayetteville, PA: Simon Filbrun, 2005. 224 pp. ISBN: 1-897080-11-5. U. S. $13.95. (Available from the editor: Simon Filbrun, 3971 Mont Alto Rd., Fayetteville, PA 17222)Self-published collections are rarely...
Teach Our Eyes New Ways of Seeing
Teach Our Eyes New Ways of Seeing by Joy F. Patterson. Pittsburgh, PA: Sclah, 2005. 94 pp. No ISBN (Catalog No. 125-452). U. S. $15.00.This is Patterson's second collection of texts and tunes, coming more than a full decade after her first, Come, You...
The Hymn Society Announces 85th Anniversary Hymn Searches
As part of the celebration of The Hymn Society's 85th Anniversary, the Executive Committee is initiating two hymn searches, one for texts and one for tunes. The deadline for submissions for both searches is May 1, and the winning text and tune will be...
The Plymouth Collection: Celebration - 150 Years of Congregational Singing
How does a church celebrate the 150th anniversary of an important hymnal? That is a question that we asked and answered in 2004 and 2005 at Plymouth Church of the Pilgrims in Brooklyn, NY.Consider the words of Henry Ward Beecher, vocal abolitionist and...
"Where Mountains Rise to Open Skies"
I am writing this column in a context far from the Northern Hemisphere and its hymnwriting tradition. "Where mountains rise to open skies" has its setting in Aotearoa/New Zealand, a world away from those hills to which the psalmist lifted his eyes. Come...