Academic journal article The Hymn

A Reference Companion to the United Methodist Hymnal and the Faith We Sing

Academic journal article The Hymn

A Reference Companion to the United Methodist Hymnal and the Faith We Sing

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A reference companion to The United Methodist hymnal and The faith we sing by Dean B. Mclntyre. Nashville: Discipleship Resources, 2009. 368 pp. ISBN 978-0-88177-577-8. US $30.00.

Dean McIntyre has obviously spent a great deal of time and effort in the compilation of this volume. In his position as director of music resources at The General Board of Discipleship, he has created a variety of musical resources to help worship planners in the local church. This book is another of those useful resources. Mclntyre has made connections between the many different elements in these hymnals and grouped them together in new ways to create indexes that student, pastor, musician, worship planner, and hymnologist will all find meaningful.

There are forty-six indexes for The United Methodist hymnal and thirty-nine indexes for The faith we sing. In addition, there are another seven indexes dealing with both hymnals. The categories include a variety of perspectives for finding a hymn: ethnic and global, African American spirituals, non-English titles, classical themes, pentatonic, Methodist and Wesleyan derivation, contributions by women, chord symbols, contemporary, chorale tunes, canticles, service music, psalter tune, plaiiisong, and prayers are all indexed. The categories are often additionally divided by title, subject, number, author, and composer, making it possible to locate any hymn in these two hymnals if you have only a scrap of information or an inkling of an idea.

The seven indexes in the third section provide historical looks at the hymns: most frequently used tunes in both hymnals; Wesley hymns common to the last five Methodist hymnals; in four of the five hymnals; in both The United Methodist hymn &l and The faith we sing. …

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