Academic journal article The Hymn

When Breaks the Dawn: Hymns from Brazil

Academic journal article The Hymn

When Breaks the Dawn: Hymns from Brazil

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When Breaks the Dawn: Hymns from Brazil by Joâo Wilson Faustini. Colfax, NC: Wayne Teupold Editions, Inc., 2006. 214 pp. ISBN 10:1-881162-13-3. U.S. $14.95.

Joâo Wilson Faustini, a life member of The Hymn Society, was born in Brazil, the grandson of Italian immigrants. Educated in the United States at Westminster Choir College and Union Theological Seminary, he spent his career as a pastor and church musician at Presbyterian churches in New Jersey. He has recently retired and has returned to his native Brazil.

The hymns published in this volume all bear the influence of Faustini in some way. Approximately half of the 105 pieces are original or arranged tunes with texts translated by the composer. An additional 32 of the works are original tunes by Faustini set to texts by familiar (Bittner, Brumm, Leach, and Whitney) and less familiar hymnwriters. A number of the works published in this volume are English translations of hymns originally published by the composer in his 1972 hymnal, Seja Louvado, created for a Portuguese-speaking church in Newark, New Jersey. Notable among inclusions in this collection are two harmonizations (including an arrangement in duple) of the familiar Brazilian hymn, "Cantai ao Senhor" (O Sing to the Lord). …

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