Academic journal article The Hymn

Editor's Notes

Academic journal article The Hymn

Editor's Notes

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It is a pleasure to share with you in this Spring/Summer issue of The Hymn an article celebrating a program that is, quite frankly, one of the best things our society does - the Lovelace Scholarship. Would that I had known about this opportunity back in the mid-1990s, when I was working on a doctoral dissertation on hymnody! It has become a distinct delight for me to meet each year's Lovelace Scholars at our annual conference, and to watch how much they enliven our week together. As you will see when you read Andreas Teich 's silver anniversary overview of the scholarship's history, many of the recipients have gone on to take their place within our society. Indeed, many now play significant roles in our leadership, while at the same time carrying out their musical callings and ministries across the continent and the world.

The presence at our conferences of these scholars at the beginning of their careers, thanks to our society's support, is one delight; another is the opportunity to bring to you the fruits of mature and creative scholarship in the pages of The Hymn. Longtime member William N. McElrath looks at the hymnody of A. B. Simpson and B. B. McKinney, acknowledging that at first glance he may have chosen an unlikely pair to link; in justifying his choice he brings to the task not only careful research and oral history, but the warmth of his own personal recollections. And from Oxford, Mark Chapman takes us on a journey through the tangled history of "Jerusalem," sorting out the factors that make it one of the few hymns - if indeed it is a hymn - capable of making headlines, as it did just this past April.

Since the last issue of The Hymn, we have welcomed to the staff a new reviewer for hymn- based compositions, D. …

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