Academic journal article The Hymn

Spread the Good News: Hymn Tunes and Songs of Sally Ann Morris

Academic journal article The Hymn

Spread the Good News: Hymn Tunes and Songs of Sally Ann Morris

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Spread the Good News: Hymn Tunes and Songs of Sally Ann Morris SALLY ANN MORRIS. CHICAGO: GIA, 2016. G-9192. 118 PAGES. $24.95.

When musicians collaborate with others, the result is often richer for the exchange of ideas. Spread the Good News is an example of text and tune inspiring one another. Composer Sally Ann Morris has found inspiration in the poetry of some of our most highly regarded writers of hymn texts; namely, Mary Louise Bringle, Carl P Daw Jr., Delores Dufner, OSB, Shirley Erena Murray, Adam M. L. Tice, and Thomas Troeger.

Many church musicians are looking for new material, either for their choir and/or their congregation. In this collection, both needs are satisfied. This reviewer found the texts fresh and off the beaten path!

A few highlights of selections ideal for congregational singing are "For Those Who Cannot Find A Way" (a song of lament), "In the Stillness, God of Mercy" (a song of penitence), "Jesus Comes" (a Christmas hymn), "Jesus Risen, Cosmic Christ" (an Easter Hymn), "We Have These Ministries" (a hymn of commitment), and "Sing to God a Song of Joy" (a hymn of praise). It is interesting to note that for two of the aforementioned titles, the music came first and the text was written for the tune. Now that is collaboration! Several titles that would serve as choral punctuations include "A Brilliant Star Was Shining" (Christmas), "Come, Holy Spirit" (Pentecost), "Even When Young, I Prayed for Wisdom's Grace" (grace and wisdom), "For Those Who Cannot Find A Way" (strength and guidance), and a selection that nearly sings itself, with a descant, "Spread the Good News. …

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