The Hymn

Articles from Vol. 58, No. 2, Spring

A Door for the Word: Thirty-Six New Hymns, 2002-2005
A Door for the Word: Thirty-Six New Hymns, 2002-2005 by Timothy Dudley-Smith. Oxford: Oxford University Press/Carol Stream, IL: Hope Publishing Co., 2006. 76+xiv pp. ISBN: 1-933710-00-4. U.S. $9.95.Readers of THE HYMN may have assumed that with the publication...
A Treasury of Faith, Lectionary Hymns Series A
A Treasury of Faith, Lectionary Hymns Series A by Gracia Grindal. Colfax, NC: Wayne Leupold Editions, 2006. 104+vii pp. ISBN: 1-881162-16-8. U.S. $12.95.Gracia Grindal is professor of rhetoric at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, a poet, a hymn writer, and...
Editor's Notes
In e-mail communication with Carl Daw regarding the content of this Spring issue, I mentioned that a theme for my column had yet to present itself. Carl quickly responded with the suggestion of an iceberg: "the contrast between what is visible about...
From the Executive Director
As has become our custom, this second issue of THE HYMN for the calendar year contains a "destination article," a write-up about the location of our upcoming summer conference. A large part of the purpose of such articles is to acquaint reader-members...
Gathered for Worship: Fifty New Psalms and Hymns
Gathered for Worship: Fifty New Psalms and Hymns by Carl P. Daw, Jr. Carol Stream, IL: Hope Publishing Company, 2006. 82 pp. ISBN 1-933710-01-2. U.S. $10.95.Prior to the current volume, Carl Daw's last published collection of hymns appeared in 1996-not...
Healing the Nations: Fred Kaan, the Man and His Hymns
Healing the Nations: Fred Kaan, the Man and His Hymns by Gillian R. Warson. London: Stainer and Bell/Hope Publishing Co. USA, 2006. 115+iv pp. ISBN: 0-85249-889-6. U. S. $17.95.It is difficult to write a review about Fred Kaan. All of the adjectives...
Hymns in Periodical Literature
Congregational song, it has often been pointed out, is an ecumenical, trans-national, and-in some sense, at least-timeless activity. This character is nowhere more evident than in the articles reviewed in this issue, which range from a study of one of...
Introducing an Old Hymnal
I have been through the process of introducing a new hymnal to a parish, both as a layperson and as a pastor. There are new tunes to be learned, new words and images to be cherished, and also some new words to reshape some old texts. In general, the...
LYONS: A Tune in Search of Its Composer
In the year 2000 a recording was made (perhaps the first) of an eighteenth-century Swedish piano work, "Scherzo con variazioni." Any reader of this article who chanced to hear it would have instantly recognized a connection to the hymn tune LYONS. Here,...
Music in Jewish History and Culture
Music in Jewish History and Culture by Emanuel Rubin and John H. Baron. Sterling Heights, MI: Harmonie Park Press, 2006. 420 pp. ISBN: 0-89990-133-6. U. S. $70.00.Music in Jewish History and Culture traces a solid musical tradition through centuries...
New Harmony: A Harp of Thousand Strings
New Harmony: A Harp of Thousand Strings by Richard Leach and David Ashley White. Pittsburgh, PA: Selah Publishing Co., 2006. 50 pp. No ISBN (Catalogue no. 125-424). U.S. $12.50.The title of this collection and its contents show respect to hymn writers...
Nominations
Executive Committee NomineesFor Secretary:The incumbent secretary, Nancy Wicklund Gray, is Associate Professor-Librarian at Westminster Choir College of Rider University, Princeton, NJ, where she simultaneously serves as Head of Reference, Head of Public...
Nurturing Spirit through Song: The Life of Mary K. Oyer
Nurturing Spirit Through Song: The Life of Mary K. Oyerby Rebecca Slough and Shirley Sprunger King. Telford, PA: Cascadia Publishing House, co-published with Institute of Mennonite Studies, Elkhart, IN, and Herald Press, Scottdale, PA, 2007. 272+xxviii...
Ottawa, Ontario: A "Capital" Capital
Come and gather at the rivers in Ottawa where we will "Celebrate Hymn Heritages" and the Heritage of the City of Ottawa. It was just 150 years ago, that Queen Victoria, who had never been to The Province of Canada, a British colony in North America,...
Singing the Lord's Song in a Strange Land: Hymnody in the History of North American Protestantism
Singing the Lord's Song in a Strange Land: Hymnody in the History of North American Protestantism edited by Edith L. Blumhofer and Mark A. Noll with an introduction by Stephen Marini, Tuscaloosa: The University of Alabama Press, 2004. 264 pp. ISBN: 0-8173-1396-6....
Sing Them over Again to Me: Hymns and Hymnbooks in America
Sing Them Over Again to Me: Hymns and Hymnbooks in America edited by Mark A. Noll and Edith L. Blumhofer. Religion and American Culture Series. Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press, 2006. 260+xvii pp. ISBN: 0-8173-1505-5. U. S. $63.00 (cloth); ISBN...
"There Is a Balm in Gilead": Metamorphosis and Implications for Performance
In her book The Measure of Our Success: A Letter to My Children and Tours, Marian Wright Edelman, president of the Children's Defense Fund wrote:When I don't know what to do, which way to go, or feel profoundly inadequate to the task at hand, an echo...
Theses and Dissertations Related to Hymnody
This bibliography supplements those in previous issues of THE HYMN. The last such listing appeared in April 2003. The present roster includes papers completed since 1997 that have not been listed previously. It was compiled from bibliographic directories,...
Unity in Song: The Creation of an Indigenous Chinese Hymnody through Hymns of Universal Praise
In 1818, Scottish Presbyterian Robert Morrison, Protestantism's first missionary to China, issued that country's first hymnal.1 Although it might seem strange that Morrison, who had only been in the country for eleven years, chose to focus his energies...
"When Our Lives Know Sudden Shadow": Sick to Death - What Is Our Song?
Let me tell you about a stunningly imaginative liturgy I experienced in 1992. It was designed for an ecumenical occasion called "Healing the Health System" when public health services had been savagely cut. There was a Lazarus-like figure as centrepiece,...