Academic journal article The Hymn

Alice Parker's Melodious Accord Hymnal

Academic journal article The Hymn

Alice Parker's Melodious Accord Hymnal

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Alice Parker's Melodious Atcord Hymnal New York: Melodious Accord. Printed and distributed by CIA, 2010. 180 pp. ISBN 978-1-57999-815-8. $15.00.

Alice Parker's Melodious Accord Hymnal represents her lifetime accomplishment: getting people to sing for the sheer joy of using the human voice. There is no better way to move the hearts and minds of the congregation than to sing together.

Parker has included information about how to perform the music well. This hymnal is sensitive to the congregational singer. The hymns that are chants are so marked. All other hymns keep an even pulse of the quarter note. It is a joy to see such settings as "This joyful Eastertide" with simple but satisf~'ing harmonies that allow a bright tempo that matches the text. The hymnal presupposes an active relationship between the song leader and the congregation/choir rather than an organ or piano as the introducing sound for new music.

All the settings are Parker's. Numerous familiar texts are set to early American hymn tunes. See Charles Wesley's "Love divine, all loves excelling" set to LOVE DIVINE, and "Come, 0 thou traveler unknown" to VEKNON from Genuine Church Music (1832). Why should the choir have all the ftin singing "Hark, I hear the harps eternal" since it is now in this hymnal? …

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