The Hymn

Articles from Vol. 58, No. 3, Summer

A Gala Hymn Sing in Nashville
The 1700-seat Laura Turner Concert Hall of the new Schermerhorn Symphony Center in Nashville, Tennessee, was oversold for the gala Community Hymn Sing held there on Sunday, April 15, 2007. Fewer than 50 seats had been empty when it was first offered...
A Gregorian Chant Handbook
A Gregorian Chant Handbook by William Tortolano. Chicago: GIA Publications, Inc., 2005. 68 pp. ISBN: 1-57999-539-X. U.S. $9.95.William Tortolano, Professor Emeritus of Fine Arts/Music at St. Michael's College in Vermont, is a graduate of Boston University...
A History of Lutheran Hymnody in Slovakia
Part OneIntroductionFor centuries, the story of the Slovak people has played out on a stage at the center of trade, conflict, and transition in central Europe. Since the early sixth century when the first Slavs settled in the Danube Basin east of present-day...
A Selection of Shape-Note Folk Hymns from Southern United States Tune Books, 1816-61
A Selection of Shape-Note Folk Hymns From Southern United States Tune Books, 1816-61 edited by David W. Music. Middleton, WI: A-R Editions, Inc, 2005. 91 pp. ISBN: 0-89579-575-2. ISSN: 0147-0078. U. S. $110.00.Within American music historiography, early...
Christ Triumphant and Other Hymns
Christ Triumphant and Other Hymns by Michael Saward. Foreword by Michael Baughen. Torquay, Devon, UK: Jubilate Hymns, Ltd., 2006. 93 pp. ISBN: 0-95055-899-0. Free of charge + P&H (from the author: 6 Discovery Walk; London. E1W 2JG England).This collection...
Come and Hear the Blessing: New Hymns and Songs on the Beatitudes
Come and Hear the Blessing: New Hymns and Songs on the Beatitudes by Richard Leach (texts) and Amanda Husberg (tunes). Abingdon Press Hymn Series. Nashville, TN: Abingdon Press, 2006. 69 pp. ISBN: 0-687-491312. U.S. $8.00.This hymn collection focuses...
Editor's Notes
As much as I enjoy a well-written or produced science fiction saga, I am always amused that humans and alien species never have a problem communicating! Writers have suggested telepathy, superior linguistic abilities of the alien species, or technology...
Everyday Researchers for Everyday Worship
My grandfather, Henry Rehwaldt, was a Lutheran minister for over fifty years before his death in 1990. After my grandmother Helga died two years ago, I received two hymnals from their library. One was Vermehrtes Lüneburgisches Kirchen-Gesang-Buch, produced...
From the Executive Director
"Summertime, and the livin' is easy ..."Popular though it is, this familiar song from George Gershwin's Porgy und Bess does not offer a very accurate description of the summers spent by most of the people I know who are involved in music and worship...
Historical Dictionary of Sacred Music
Historical Dictionary of Sacred Music by Joseph P. Swain. Lanham, MD: The Scarecrow Press, Inc., 2006. 299+xxx pp. ISBN: 0-8108-5530-5. U. S. $75.00.Although this title is not strictly speaking a hymnological reference source, I bring it to your attention...
Hymns as a Resource for the Language of Worship
Those who regularly plan worship are familiar with using scripture as the foundational resource for the language of worship. The worship experience is enhanced when phrases of the scriptures read in worship are woven into hymns, prayers, calls to worship...
Hymns in Periodical Literature
Paul GerhardtThe year 2007 marks the four hundredth anniversary of the birth of Paul Gerhardt. Two items in the Winter issue of Word and World: Theology for Christian Ministry, a publication of Luther Seminary, deal with the hymn writer, Paul Westermeyer's...
Inclusive Hymns for Liberating Christians
Inclusive Hymns for Liberating Christians by Jann Aldredge-Clanton with composer Larry Schultz. Austin Texas: Eakin Press, 2006. 196 pp. ISBN: 978-1-57168-860-6. U.S. $21.95Some years ago some colleagues and I began collecting songs and hymns with female...
Minds and Hearts in Praise of God: Hymns and Essays in Church Music in Honor of Hugh T. McElrath
Minds and Hearts in Praise of God: Hymns and Essays in Church Music in Honor of Hugh T. McElrath edited by J. Michael Raley and Deborah Carlton Loftis. Franklin, TN: Providence House Publishers, 2006. 310 pp. ISBN: 978-1-57736-307-1. U.S. $24.95.In the...
Recent Hymn Texts of Joy: Analysis of Philosophical and Practical
Christ, the illuming,Christ, the forgiving,Christ, the upraising,Christ, the inspiring:All that has beingJoys in your glory.1Can the singing of hymns propel a heightened sense of delight and pleasure in God? Do recent hymns provide worshippers an opportunity...
Sacred Sound: Experiencing Music in World Religions
Sacred Sound: Experiencing Music in World Religions edited by Guy L. Beck. Waterloo, Ontario: Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2006. 245 pp. ISBN: 0-88920-421-7. U.S. $39.95.Although this book is not by any means primarily about hymnody, I bring it...
Singing and Making Music: Issues in Church Music Today
Singing and Making Music: Issues in Church Music Today by Paul S. Jones. Phillipsburg, NJ: P & R Publishing Co., 2006. 316+xvi pp. ISBN: 0-87552-617-9. U.S. $16.99.Paul S. Jones is Organist and Music Director at Tenth Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia....
Suggested Interpretations for Three Gospels Hymns by Margaret Pleasant Douroux
Dr. Margaret Pleasant Douroux (b. 1941), a noted California- based minister of music, pianist, composer, music publisher, educator, author, clinician, and lecturer is considered by many to be the "Reigning Queen of African American Gospel Hymnody."She...
The Lord Is My Shepherd (Psalm 23): How Poets, Mystics, and Hymnodists Have Delved Its Deeper Meanings
The Lord Is My Shepherd (Psalm 23): How Poets, Mystics, and Hymnodists Have Delved Its Deeper Meanings by Samuel J. Rogai. Lewiston, NY: Edwin Mellen Press, 2006. 163 pp. ISBN: 0-7734-5480-4. U. S. $99.95.Perhaps no other passage of Scripture has undergone...
Through the Ceaseless Web
Through the Ceaseless Web by John Core. Colfax, NC: Wayne Leupold Editions, Inc., 2006. 79+viii pp. ISBN: 10 1-881162-17-6. U.S. $11.95.John Core was born in Camp Rucker, Alabama in 1951. A graduate of West Virginia University, Core is an active layman...
"Will You Offer Me Compassion"
Deceptive simplicity - this is what makes "Will you offer me compassion" an especially appealing hymn for me. Nothing is embellished in this text. It is classically plain. Yet whenever I sing it, I am teased by its questions and moved by its pleading.The...