The Hymn

Articles from Vol. 60, No. 3, Summer

42 Treasured Favorites from the African American Heritage Hymnal
Reviews of Hymn-based Recordingsconducted by James Abbington, GIA Publications, Inc. (7404 S. Mason, Ave., Chicago, IL 60638), 2008. GIA CD-742 (double CD) US $25.95.This double-disk recording conducted by James Abbington is an eclectic and fascinating...
Charles Wesley's Hymns: "Prints" and Practices of Love Divine
Charles Wesley's Hymns: "Prints" and Practices of Love Divine edited by Maxine Walker. San Diego: Point Loma Press, 2007. 99 pages + CD. ISBN 0-9754729-7-6. US $15.00.This small book grows out of a conference at the Wesleyan Center for Twenty-First Century...
Come Away to the Skies: Hymns, Gospel Songs, and Spirituals
Dan Damon, solo piano, Dan Damon (226 Nicholl Avenue, Richmond, CA 94801), 2008. DTS CD 003, US $18.00.Now and then there are instrumental recordings of hymns and sacred songs that become popular. Dan Damon has created a solo piano CD of congregational...
Editor's Notes
Eat this bread and never hunger,drink this cup and never thirst;Christ invites us to the tablewhere the last become the first.On a recent summer Sunday morning, as my congregation gathered around the communion table and sang these beautiful words (and...
From the Executive Director
From time to time students in hymnology courses (many of which are taught by Hymn Society members) phone or e-mail me because they have been given the assignment of interviewing a living hymnwriter. Most of their questions are fairly predictable: How...
Hymnal Collectors and the Order of the Library
"Wait!" my friend Anna whispered as loudly as she dared, as I walked quickly through the stacks ahead of her. "How do you know how to find that book?!" We were in sixth grade, and I was tracking down a book in the University of New Hampshire library....
Hymnology in the Service of the Church: Essays in Honor of Harry Eskew
Hymnology in the Service of the Church: Essays in Honor of Harry Eskew edited by Paul R. PoweU. Foreword by Terry W. York. Saint Louis: Morning Star, 2008. 407 pp. ISBN 978-0-944529-47-8. US $30.00.It is fitting that a former editor of The Hymn be honored...
Hymns in Periodical Literature
American HymnodyDavid W. Music, "Tunes by Lowell Mason and Thomas Hastings in Southern United States Shape-Note Tune Books of the Early NineteenthCentury," Journal of Musicological Research 26 (2007): 325-352.David Music's 2007 article focused on the...
"In Melting Grief and Ardent Love"
Anne Steele's Contribution to Eighteenth-Century HymnodyIn 1808, thirty years after Anne Steele's death in a quiet English village, two hymn publications appeared in Boston. The first of these was an American edition of Steele's hymns and poems; it reproduced...
Joyous Event at the Old Rugged Cross Church
Our thanks to Marta Dodd of The Old Rugged Cross Foundation (ORCF) for the following news:On Saturday, July 18, approximately 100 guests witnessed the first wedding in more than 90 years in The Original Old Rugged Cross (ORC) Church in Pokagon, Mich....
McElrath-Eskew Research Fund
Applications for the McElrath-Eskew Research Fund are due by September 30, 2009. As announced last year in Peter Rehwaldt's column "Priming the Research Pump" (The Hymn 59:2, Spring 2008, p. 7), and now posted on The Hymn Society's Web site, these grants...
"Of the Father's Love Begotten"
A Hymn by Aurelius Prudentius ClemensIntroductionAbout twenty-five years ago my wife was music director at a suburban Episcopal Church in upstate New York. It was a congregation that was known for the excellence of its music, and among her responsibilities...
Sing with the World: Global Songs for Children
Sing with the World: Global Songs for Children edited by John L. BeU and Alison Adam. Chicago: GIA, 2008. ISBN 9-781579-997366. US $14.95. Accompanying CD, featuring Pro Musica, William Chin, Director. US $16.95.This is a useful and engaging volume of...
The Greening of Hymnody, Part 3: "Come Join the Cosmic Family"
"Come join the Cosmic Family" is a reworking of Driver's famous hymn "AU Creatures of Our God and King." My aim was to reflect more accurately the words of St. Francis of Assisi in the "Canticle of the Sun." In the original, St. Francis not only speaks...
The Greening of Hymnody, Part 3: "Come Join the Cosmic Family"
I write this as the fiftieth day of Easter beckons and fondly recaU OUvier Messiaen's invocations of songbirds in his Messe de Pentcôte for organ. Messiaen famously involved birds in many of his compositions. Another composer who regularly does this...
The People's Psalter
The People's Psalter by Hal H. Hopson. Fenton, MO: MorningStar, Birnamwood Publications, 2008. 301 pp., ISBN 6-88670-80786-2. MSM-80-786. US $38.00.Voicing: cantor or unison or SATB voices, congregation, and keyboard, with opt. children's choir, handbeUs,...
"To Serve the Present Age"
New Charles Wesley Hymn Settings from Around the WorldIn 1993/94, at the beginning of my tenure as an executive of the General Board of Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church, the mission agency of the denomination, in charge of die interpretation...
Touch the Earth Lightly: Hymns 2003-2008
Touch the Earth Lightly: Hymns 2003-2008 Shirley Erena Murray. Foreword by Brian A. Wren. Carol Stream, IL: Hope Publishing, 2008. ISBN: 7-63628-28388-9. 171 pp. US $16.95.It is always a delight to sit down with a new collection by Shirley Erena Murray....