Academic journal article The Hymn

Come, O Holy House, and Worship

Academic journal article The Hymn

Come, O Holy House, and Worship

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Come, O Holy House, and Worship BENJAMIN BRODY. CHICAGO: GIA, 2017. G-9298. 115 PAGES. $24.95.

Ben Brody is currently a member-at-large of the Executive Committee of The Hymn Society and Chair of the Music Department at Whitworth University. Also the Director of Music at Colbert Presbyterian Church in Colbert, Washington, he has written tunes that resonate with both his congregation and with his students at Whitworth.

Drawing on twenty textual sources, Brody cites Sylvia Dunstan as inspiration and Adam Tice as encourager. Dunstan's (1955-1993) texts deserve more exposure, and Brody's new tunes for twelve of them will help that happen. Thirteen of Tice's texts have been set as well. The other sources range from Georgia Harkness's 1954 "Hope of the world" to three David Bjorlin texts from 2017. (David Bjorlin, keep writing hymn texts, please!) Other writers familiar to Hymn Society members include Timothy Dudley-Smith, Delores Dufner, and Jacque Jones, represented by three texts each.

Forty-four of the fifty selections are set as melody line above accompaniment with chord symbols, most often pianistic accompaniments. The remaining six selections are set in fourpart hymnic style. Over half of the songs include an interlude or rhythmic measure to keep the momentum going between stanzas. Major and minor keys (often actually modal) appear evenly throughout. Over half the songs include jazz chords with seconds, fourths, and sevenths prevalent. …

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