The Hymn

Articles from Vol. 61, No. 2, Spring

Ad Libitum
Editor's note: We conceived ad libitum as something akin to the "notes & queries" of tradition, a back-page space for the miscellaneous - the occasional brief offering, offbeat or otherwise uncategorizable. Serendipity dropped this unsolicited note...
A Primer on Christian Worship: Where We've Been, Where We Are, Where We Can Go
BOOKS A primer on Christian worship Where we've been, where we are, where we can go by William A. Dyrness. The Calvin Institute of Christian Worship Liturgical Studies Series. Grand Rapids: William B. Eerdmans, 2009. 154 pp. ISBN 978-0-8028-6038-5. US...
Books in Boxes and Boxes of Books
I spent many, many tedious hours in rare books rooms as a graduate student. Of course, in a rare books collection you have to put in your request for what you want to look at, and the staff brings it out to you. Your only possessions for your time there...
Editor's Notes
Diverse in culture, nation, race, we come together by your grace.God, let us be a meeting ground, where hope and healing love are found.Ruth Duck's words beautifully express the way hymnody bridges both oceans and hearts. More than any previous time...
From German Chorale to Jazz Waltz
At Richmond First United Methodist Church in California, we often sing the German chorale, es IST een ROS (The United Methodist hymnalNo. 216), in the usual way: SATB with organ. Sometimes our small choir uses the version in which the alto crosses the...
From Glory into Glory: Reflections for Worship
From ¿lory into glory Reflections for worship by Susan Palo Cherwien. St. Louis: Morningstar Music Publishers, 2009. 381 pp. ISBN 978-0-944529-48-5. US $24.95.Hymnist, poet, and singer Susan Palo Cherwien has given us a beautiful set of conversations....
From the Executive Director
Over the past several months, IVe received some questions about our new home, so let me share with you a little about our host institution, Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond (BTSR). As you'll see, there have already been several prior connections...
Giving Life to the Word: Hymns on Parables
A HYMN FESTIVALPRESENTED BY ROBERT SCOTT FOXWELL AND TENA SCHNEIDER, ASSISTED BY DAVID E. EICHER, ORGANIST, AND LOVELACE SCHOLARS PAST AND PRESENTThe following hymn festival was presented on July 15, 2009, in Boe Memorial Chapel at St. Olaf College,...
Hymns in Periodical Literature
The chorale traditionJin-gyu Na, "Study on Bach's chorale-based composition collections for organ," Seoyang eum'aghag: Journal of the Musicolqgical Society of Korea 21 (2009): 109-132.Sometimes scholars forget that many of the great works of music are...
Keep the Fire Burning: The Folk Mass Revolution
Keep the fire burning The folk Mass revolution by Ken Cañedo. Pordand, OBj Pastoral Press, 2009. 140 pp. ISBN 978-1-56929-083-5. US $20.00Ken Cañedo, a Liturgical composer, is managing editor of spiritandsong.com, a contemporary Catholic music Web site....
Macalester Plymouth Hymnwriting Contests
Macalester Plymouth United Church of St. Paul, MN, is pleased to announce the winners of its fourteenth annual hymn contest, a search for new hymn texts to be sung on Labor Day. The contest specifically asked for "words that especially address the plight...
Nominations
Executive Committee NomineesFor President-elect:Much of John Ambrose's ministry has been in congregational settings, serving United Churches in Western Canada, suburban Toronto, and in new church development in the Mississauga (next door to Toronto)....
Psalms from the Soul: Volume 2: Lent, Eastertide & Ordinary Time
Psalms from the soul Volume 2: Lent, Eastertide & Ordinary Time by Rawn Harbor, ValLimar Jansen, Frank Jansen, and Val Parker. Portland, OR OCP, 2008. Keyboard songbook, 76 pp., cat. no. 20741, US $11.00; guitar/choral songbook, 56 pp., cat. no....
Sound the Bamboo: CCA Hymnal 2000
Sound the bamboo CCA hymnal 2000 edited by Francisco F. Feliciano and James Minchin; I-to Loh, general editor. Tainan, Taiwan: Christian Conference of Asia, 2000. G-6830. US $14.00.The 1990 edition of Sound the bamboo called itself, modestiy, "a haphazard...
Summoned to Cameroon by E-Mail: The Report of a Rookie Hymnal Editor
Sixteen hours after I had first set foot in West Africa in August 2005, I sat in a tabernacle in Obala, Cameroon, listening to a twenty-nine-year-old Sunday school teacher teaching her small class a song:Allons chanter à Sion, le Seigneur arrive bientôt.(Come...
The Richard Proulx Hymnary
The Richard Proulx hymnary by Richard Proulx. Chicago: GIA Publications, 2009. 92 pp. ISBN 978-1-57999-773-1. US $19.95.The name Richard Proulx is a familiar one to church musicians of many traditions, principally through his numerous compositions for...
Two Renaissance Motets
BRASS QUARTETTwo Renaissance motetsVolume 1ego sum panis vevus and emendemus en melius by William Byrd, transcribed by Charles Evans. GIA Publications (G-6796)Volume 2REGENA COELI and CONFIRMA HOC, DEUS by Gregor Aichinger, transcribed by Charles Evans....
We Walk His Way: Shorter Songs for Worship
We walk his way Shorter songs for worship by John L. Bell and the Wild Goose Resource Group. Glasgow: Wild Goose Resource Group; Chicago: GIA Publications, 2008. 138 pp. ISBN 978-1-57999-759-5. US $13.95.The third collection of over forty "shorter songs...
"When Will People Cease Their Fighting?"
Sing of Justice - Sing of Peace," the theme of the 2010 Hymn Society conference in Birmingham, AL (July 11-15 at Samford University), is guiding the choice of the four hymns discussed in this column over the year. Among the hymns that "sing of justice,...