Academic journal article The Hymn

At Dawn of Grace: Hymn Tunes of Carson P. Cooman

Academic journal article The Hymn

At Dawn of Grace: Hymn Tunes of Carson P. Cooman

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At dawn of grace Hymn tunes of Carson P. Cooman edited by Pat Talbert. Colfax, NC: Wayne Leupold Editions, 2007. 68 pp. ISBN 978-881162-21-6. US$13.75.

By the time he was 25 years old in 1982, Carson P. Cooman, born in Rochester, New York, had written over 600 compositions in a wide variety of styles including opera, orchestral works, instrumental pieces, and even a number of hymn tunes. His works have been performed on six continents, an amazing accomplishment for someone under thirty. As a concert organist he favors modern music and has premiered over 130 works written for him by composers over the world. Many of his pieces are available on recordings, which can be found at www.carsoncooman.com /recordings.html.

The title of this volume, At dawn of grace, is taken from a hymn text by John Core set to Cooman's tune Raylight, dedicated to composer and hymnologist Austin Lovelace, FHS. The title is a tantalizing reflection of the depth and breadth of the profound theological content of this small volume of 41 hymns and a canon. Cooman chose a number of excellent texts from the works of John Core, Calvin Seerveld, Daniel B. Merrick, Gracia Grindal, and James Hart Brumm, with Core and Seerveld being most represented. The texts do bear the mark of the Reformed Church tradition. This is a volume marked by excellence in poetry, theological depth, and texts that have the intimate ability to touch both the heart and soul. …

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