Academic journal article The Hymn

Scripture and Season in Song Eight Hymn Anthems

Academic journal article The Hymn

Scripture and Season in Song Eight Hymn Anthems

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Scripture und season in song Eight hymn anthems texts by Mary Louise Bringle, Fred Kaan, and Herman G. Stuempfle, Jr.; music by Clark Kimberling [SATB voices, organ, and flute]. GIA Publications (G-6844)

If you are searching for a practical collection of anthems on modern texts coupled with new, wellwritten music that is useful throughout the church year, this 64-page book can fill your needs. Psalms, other Old Testament sources, and New Testament texts including a parable are included. Fred Kaan's "When Noah's ark was high and dry" takes a delightful journey through the seasons of the church year.

Clark Kimberling's settings are fresh, imaginatively written, and well matched to the texts. The chromaticism of "Once you set the stars in space" sets a fitting mood for the Epiphany text. Gentle canonic writing in "Come, dear Christ, your world awaits" finishes with a quick flute cadenza that turns the subdued longing of the Advent piece into joyful urgency. The anthems and scriptural sources are:

"A sower's seed fell on a path" - Matthew 13:l-10;18-23; Luke 8:4-15; Mark 4:1-20. …

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