The Hymn

Articles from Vol. 60, No. 4, Autumn

2009 Conference Report
The Winter 2009 issue of The Hymn treated readers to a lively and informative article by Twin Cities organist, music director, and composer Curt Oliver. His warm invitation to Minnesota, Northfield, and St. Olaf College was just a harbinger of the wonderful...
A Festival Gathering
A Festival Gathering UYAI MOSE/"Come, AU You People"; ALABARE; PLENTY GOOD ROOM; TWO OAKS/" All Are Welcome" arr. Tony Alonso [choir, assembly, keyboard, guitar, two trumpets, and percussion]. GIA PubUcations (G-6976)This large festival piece was arranged...
And Jesus Said: Parables in Song
BOOKS And Jesus Said: Parables in Song edited by Richard Leach and David P. Schaap. Pittsburgh: Selah Publishing, 2008. 74 pp. ISBN 978-0-9677408-1-9. US $16.95.According to its introduction, this book was published to meet the need for hymns based on...
Blessed Assurance: Beyond Fanny Crosby
Of women, and of women's hopes we sing,of sharing in creation's nurturing,of bearing and of birthing new belief,of passion for the promises of life.In Every Corner Sing, 56)Wh en I wrote this in 1988, during the Ecumenical Decade of the Churches in Solidarity...
Christian Worship: Supplement
Christian Worship: Supplement Milwaukee: Northwestern Publishing House, 2008. Pew Edition (paper) US $13.50; Pew Edition (spiral bound) US $16.50; Electronic Pew Edition (CD-ROM) US $249; Accompaniment Edition with CD-ROM US $70; and Guitar Edition US...
Editor's Notes
Sing to the Lord of harvest, sing songs of love and praise, with joyful hearts and voices your alleluias raise; by whom the rolling seasons in fruitful order move; sing to the Lord of harvest a joyful song of love.These words of John Samuel Bewley Monsell,...
From the Executive Director
The move is on! Carl, Mark, and I have been diligently working to prepare the office for the transition, and as I write in mid-September, one load of boxes has already arrived in Virginia on the campus of Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond. If...
Gradual Psalms with Alleluia Verses and Tracts
Reviews of Hymn-based Recordings Gradual Psalms with Alleluia Verses and Tracts Church PubUshing, 445 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10016; www.churchpubUshing.org. ISBN 978-0-89869-557-1.This is a very valuable CD-ROM released by Church PubUshing to enable...
Hymns in Periodical Literature
Mennonite HymnodyIan Loeppky, "On the History and Future of the Hymnody from the Mennonite Tradition: An Interview with Marilyn Houser Hamm," Choral Journal 50, no. 1 (August 2009): 8-17.Marilyn Houser Hamm is a Mennonite hymnwriter, musician, and instructor...
Hymn Society Represented at International Conference in Poland
What a glorious birthday celebration it was! From July 26 to 31, 2009, the International Fellowship for Research in Hymnology (Internationale Arbeitsgemeinschaft fur Hymnologie, IAH) celebrated its fiftieth anniversary. Members of the IAH were joined...
Inclusive Yet Discerning: Navigating Worship Artfully
Inclusive Yet Discerning: Navigating Worship Artfully by Frank Burch Brown. Grand Rapids: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2009. 151 pp. ISBN 978-0-8028-6256-3. US $20.While Inclusive Yet Discerning is not solely about congregational singing, Brown, who...
Murmurings of the Soul
Murmurings of the Soul by Iteke Prins. Colfax, NC: Wayne Leupold Editions, Inc., 2008. 84 pp, ISBN 978-1-881162-26-1. US $16.25This volume presents a collection of engaging hymn tunes, quite singable (give or take a challenging interval here or there);...
Now the Heavens Start to Whisper
Now the Heavens Start to Whisper text, Mary Louise Bringle, Suo GAN, arr. Nicholas Palmer. GIA Publications (G- 683 5)In the performance notes of this anthem, mention is made that the Welsh tune Suo GAN should retain the character of a lullaby. This...
Presidential Praise: Our Presidents and Their Hymns
Presidential Praise: Our Presidents and Their Hymns by C. Edward Spann and Michael E. Williams Sr. Macon, Ga.: Mercer University Press, 2008. 359 pp. ISBN 978-0-881461-17-6. US $35.When then- candidate Barack Obama named his favorite hymn for a July...
Research Director's Report
I last reported on the Dictionary of North American Hymnology (DNAH) in the Winter 2009 issue of The Hymn, and a lot has happened since then, both online and in the physical world. Of great importance is the move of the DNAH data to the Hymnary.org Web...
Shirley Erena Murray, FHS
Shirley Erena Murray has been honored by the Hymn Society in the United States and Canada at its annual conference in Northfield, Minnesota, July 11-16, 2009, by being named a Fellow of the Society. She was honored, according to Deborah Carlton Loftis,...
The Calvin Hampton Hymnary II
The Calvin Hampton Hymnary II compiled by Harry L. Huff. Colfax, NC: Wayne Leupold Editions, 2008. 40 pp. ISBN: 978-1-881162-23-0. US $12.50.The last time I saw Calvin Hampton he was sitting right behind me at an orchestral concert at the San Francisco...
The Emily Swan Perkins Lectureship
Selfless, generous- spirited leadership has long been a hallmark of The Hymn Society. In 2009, we recognize the milestone retirement of one generous and selfeffacing leader, Carl P. Daw, Jr., FHS, by honoring - suitably enough - not his name, but that...
The Foundery Collection: An Examination of the First Distinctively Methodist Tunebook
For various reasons, over the course of history many hymns that are packed with theological, biblical, and spiritual substance have fallen by the wayside. It is my hope both that some of these might be reclaimed, restored, and reinstated into modern...
The Greening of Hymnody, Part 4: Greening the Eucharist
In this, the last of my Hymn Interpretations, I want to focus on how hymns and other sung resources can help the members of a congregation enter into the mystery of God's presence in the Eucharist, the Holy Communion, the Mass, the Lord's Supper as part...
The Greening of Hymnody, Part 4: Remembering to Not-Forget: Congregational Singing with All of Creation
Daphne the dog has a very good memory. That mink she once spied slipping into that culvert is forever etched into her retina in such a way that every culvert must be investigated just in case a mink might be lurking there. Long unseen stuffed -animal...
The Song Is Faith
The Song Is Faith by Sandra Gay. Colfax, NC: Wayne Leupold Editions, 2007. 79pp. ISBN 978-1-881162-22-3. $15.00In this compact volume published by Wayne Leupold Editions, Sandra Gay has selected a variety of texts from 15 different authors for her unison...