Academic journal article The Hymn

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Academic journal article The Hymn

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Our culture takes note of anniversaries: birthdays, weddings, deaths, etc. Usually the date itself holds no special significance; it is the passage of time that merits observation. Virtually all cultures and religions commemorate important anniversaries through festivals or liturgical actions. In fact, during the medieval era, the importance of marking events of the Christian year and in daily monastic life was one force that prompted medieval scientists to develop precise measurements of time.1

When a friend, celebrating his thirtieth anniversary of ordination to Christian ministry, invited me to present an organ concert as part of the festivities, it seemed natural to develop a program including a theme of "time" by programming organ works connected with "time" such as "Carillon de Westminster" by Louis Vierne and works for mechanical clockworks by Mozart and Haydn. Of course, members of The Hymn Society tend to commemorate important hymnic anniversaries through singing at our conferences. To encourage "singing hymnic anniversaries," the Winter issue of THE HYMN contains several pieces pertinent to this endeavor.

An annual feature of the Winter issue is the Hymnic Anniversaries article, compiled this year by Paul Powell and Mary Louise VanDyke. Powell introduces the article with a discussion of the role of the Dictionary of North American Hymnology, observing its own anniversary in 2007, in establishing a working list for anniversaries.

"The Plymouth Collection Celebration-150 Years of Congregational Singing," by Jacque Browning Jones, details the exceptional work of the Plymouth Church of the Pilgrims in commemorating the 150th anniversary of the publication of Henry Ward Beecher's The Plymouth Collection. This article is a virtual "how to" in planning such an event.

This column's theme of "time" plays out with Dan Grimminger's intriguing look at nineteenth-century Lutheran chorale rhythms juxtaposed with Robin Knowles Wallace's interview of a current Lutheran hymnwriter Herman Stuempfle, FHS. …

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