Academic journal article The Hymn

Music by Heart: Paperless Songs for Evening Worship

Academic journal article The Hymn

Music by Heart: Paperless Songs for Evening Worship

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Music by Heart: Paperless Songs for Evening Worship edited by Marilyn Haskel; introductory articles by Donald Schell and Emily M. D. Scott. New York: Church Publishing, 2008. 171 pp. ISBN 978-0-89869-590-8. US $27.00.

Introductory essays by Schell, "Singing from the Heart, " and Scott, "Singing Paperless Music in Your Congregation: A Practical Guide," set the framework for involving congregations in worship without hymnals or bulletins by using the oral tradition of teaching music by rote. Schell was co-founder of St. Gregory of Nyssa Episcopal Church in San Francisco, and is now Consultant and Creative Director of All Saints Company (www.allsaintscompany.org). Scott is director of Worship at Riverside Church in New York City and New Music Project Director for ASC. Marilyn Haskel, musician at St. Paul's Chapel in New York City, and composer of eleven pieces in this volume, served as editor and notes that "many of these songs were composed during a retreat week sponsored by the All Saints Company and the Church of St. Gregory of Nyssa."

Each song is prefaced by description of its form, level of difficulty for learning, suggestions for learning together and singing together. The basic forms used are simple melody, echo, round, call and response (where response is different from an echo), and layered pieces. Text sources include scripture (22) and the Book of Common Prayer (12). In addition to Haskel, the most frequent composers are Ben Allaway, Robinson McClellan, Ana Hernández, and Eric H. F. Law. The topical index is helpful for planning worship, delineating acclamations, and selecting service-music pieces and prayers, and includes such topics as "bread and wine," "contemplation," "departing in peace," light, water, and word. …

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