The Hymn

Articles from Vol. 60, No. 2, Spring

2009 Hymnic Anniversaries: Addenda
Two significant figures were missed in the Winter compilation of anniversaries. Thanks to Harry Eskew for submitting the information on William Walker.200thWilliam Walker(b. Union County, SC, 6 May 1809; d. Spartanburg, SC, 24 Sept. 1875)Singing-school...
A Calendar of Praise: Thirty Contemporary Hymns for Seasons of the Christian Year/A Treasury of Faith: Lectionary Hymns Series B
BOOKS A Calendar of Praise: Thirty Contemporary Hymns for Seasons of the Christian Year by Timothy Dudley-Smith. Norwich, UK: Canterbury Press, 2006. 64 pp. ISBN 978-1-85311-755-8. US $14.95/U.K. ?9.99.A Treasury of Faith: Lectionary Hymns Series B by...
Adapting Western Chants and Hymn Tunes to Buddhist Texts: Unlocking Scriptures, Opening Hearts
What do Loreena McKennitt, Martin Luther, and St. Gregory the Great have in common? Their music is part of the liturgical treasury of Shasta Abbey, a Soto Zen monastic community in northern California founded in 1970. I suggest that it was inevitable...
Blessed Assurance: Hymns of Fanny J. Crosby
Blessed Assurance: Hymns of Fanny J. Crosby edited by ST Kimbrough, Jr.; Carlton R. Young, music editor. Singapore: Global Music and Media Productions Co. Pte. Ltd., 2008. 135+x pp. ISBN 978-981-08-0989-8. Songbook US $12.95; recording US $12.95; songbook...
Christ Is Risen, Truly Risen: Easter Chants and Anthems
Christ is Risen, Truly Risen: Easter Chants and Anthemsperformed by the William Ferris Chorale, Paul French, Music Director; recorded at United Lutheran Church, Oak Park, IL. World Library Publications (3708 River Road, Suite 400, Franklin Park, IL 60131-2158),...
Deborah Carlton Loftis
Deborah Carlton Loftis, a native of Richmond, Virginia, was grad- uated from Furman University (BA European history) , The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (MCM), The Univer- sity of Alabama (MLS) , and received the PhD in musicology from the University...
Editor's Notes
God gave us music, gave us voice; sing alleluia and rejoice! We lift in faith secure and strong the sacred word through sacred song.As I woke up this morning, the beautiful words of Garitón C. Buck (and the music of Dale Wood's tune, SACRED SONG) were...
Executive Committee
Appointment for RatificationFor President-elect:John Thornburg is a fourth-generation Methodist minister. His grandfather, Amos, toured with Homer Rodeheaver and served on the editorial committee of the 1966 Methodist Hymnal.In 2001, after twenty-two...
From the Executive Director
By now you are probably aware that an important plateau has been reached in this year of transitions for The Hymn Society: the search for a new Executive Director has been successfully concluded. No one could be more delighted than I am that Deborah...
HYMN INTERPRETATION: The Greening of Hymnody, Part 2: "Charge Our Hearts with Wonder"
In Part 1 of this column I made the point that while we do need to be good stewards of the natural world, the sort of stewardship we exercise is dependent to a large extent on the fundamental orientation which lies behind it. If our orientation is human-centred,...
HYMN PERFORMANCE: The Greening of Hymnody, Part 2: "Charge Our Hearts with Wonder"
Our current snow- and ice-clad trails, walkways, and streets here in Northeastern Ontario give rise to interesting ways of crossing the outdoor terrain. Last week I walked the 2 km across "water like a stone" in order to get to my University workplace....
Hymns in Periodical Literature
Early Hymnody and ChantHarry Hagan, OSB, "Caedmon's Hymn and Translations for Singing," Downside Review 127, no. 446 (January, 2009): 13-22.Harry Hagan, a priest and Benedictine monk at St. Meinrad's Archabbey, has written a very interesting article...
Hymn Treatments for Organ, Vol. 1, Op. 22/hymn Treatments for Organ, Vol. 2, Op. 23
Hymn Treatments for Organ, Vol. 1, Op. 22LOBE DEN HERREN, AMAZING GRACE, TOULON, FINLANDIA, NETTLETON, arr. Dennis Janzer. Wayne Leupold Editions, Inc. (WL600116)Hymn Treatments for Organ, Vol. 2, Op. 23DIX, BOHEMIAN CAROL, UKRAINIAN CAROL, ORIENTIS...
Magdalene and the Other Mary: Songs of Holy Women
Reviews of Hymn-based RecordingsMagdalene and the Other Mary: Songs of Holy WomenThe Lady Chapel Singers, Lisa Neufeld Thomas, Artistic Director. Church Publishing (445 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10016), 2005. ISBN 978-0-89869-491-8.The selections sung...
Music by Heart: Paperless Songs for Evening Worship
Music by Heart: Paperless Songs for Evening Worship edited by Marilyn Haskel; introductory articles by Donald Schell and Emily M. D. Scott. New York: Church Publishing, 2008. 171 pp. ISBN 978-0-89869-590-8. US $27.00.Introductory essays by Schell, "Singing...
Research Director's Report
"Why can't everything just be online?" students ask me.Where do I click?"In the age of Google Books, that is an increasingly common question. Our library has several thousand online books, but more than one student has looked at me as though I'm as old...
Rise, O Church: Reflections on the Church, Its Music, and Empire
Rise, O Church: Reflections on the Church, Its Music, and Empire by Paul Westermeyer. Fenton, MO: MorningStar Music Publishers, 2008. 56 pp. ISBN 978-0-944529-46-1. US $15.00.This little book grew out of the Mississippi Conference on Church Music and...
Theses and Dissertations Related to Hymnody
This bibliography supplements those in previous issues of THE HYMN. The last such listing appeared in Spring 2007. The present roster includes papers completed since 2000 that have not been listed previously. It was compiled from bibliographic directories,...
Wake, Now, My Senses
Wake, Now, My SensesThe Musicians of the First Unitarian Church of Oakland, Kim Rankin, Director of Music Ministry. Musicopia Records (685 14th St., Oakland, CA 94612), 2007.This recording is volume three in a series of hymns from the hymnal Singing...
Walking by the River: 100 New Hymn and Song Texts with Other Verses
Walking by the River: 100 New Hymn and Song Texts with Other Verses by Christopher M. Idle. Carol Stream, IL: Hope Publishing, 2008. 139 pp., ISBN 978-1906334482, US $14.95.Christopher Idle continues to provide a welcome corrective to what he describes...
William J. Reynolds, FHS
Hymnologist, composer, hymn leader, and teacher William Jensen Reynolds, FHS, passed away in the early morning hours of Saturday, March 28, 2009, in Nashville, Tennessee. He was eighty-eight years of age.Born on April 2, 1920, in Atlantic, Iowa, Reynolds...