The Hymn

Articles from Vol. 63, No. 1, Winter

A History of Chinese Christian Hymnody: From Its Missionary Origins to Contemporary Indiqenous Productions
A History of Chinese Christian Hymnody: From Its Missionary Origins to Contemporary Indigenous Productions by Fang- Lan Hsieh. Lewiston, NY: Edwin Mellen, 2009. 269 pp. ISBN 978-0-7734-3816-3. $109.95.This book is a major contribution to our understanding...
Alice Parker's Melodious Accord Hymnal
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...
Calvin Hampton: A Musician without Borders
Calvin Hampton: A Musician Without Borders A biography by Jonathan B. Hall. Colfax, NC: Wayne Leupold, 2008. 367 pp. ISBN 978-1-881162-19-3. $40.00.Jonathan Hall has taken his doctoral dissertation on Calvin Hampton and expanded it into a book. All the...
Companions in the Way
Hilariter with Friends, directed by Andrew Donaldson. Toronto: Seraph Music, 2011. SM007. Available through www.andrewdonaldson.ca/hilariter"Come, dance thanksgiving, paint a Prayer Let loose the drums of joy; ..."Andrew DonaldsonRejoice, sing, lament,...
Digital Repositories
As a librarian, I have heard a lot of strange requests and comments from our patrons. I even keep a file of the really good ones. One of my more philosophical favorites was, "Do you have the book The Nonexistent Word Finderi" That patron was looking...
Editor's Notes
With this issue, I begin work as the eleventh person to edit The Hymn since 1949.1 The Hymn Society has been very fortunate in its series of editors, interim editors, and co-editors, and I am blessed to have Harry Eskew, Paul Westermeyer, David W. Music,...
Evangelicals in Mexico: Their Hymnody and Its Theology
Evangelicals in Mexico: Their Hymnody and its Theology by Dinorah B. Méndez. New York: Peter Lang, 2008. 326 pp. ISBN 978-90-5201-433-3. $58.95.Dinorah Méndez's book on hymnody in Mexico is a welcome addition to scholarship. It has been published by...
From the Executive Director
With the publication of this issue we welcome a new editor of The Hymn. Robin Knowles Wallace officially begins her tenure now in 2012, but she has been diligently working for several months - enlisting columnists and working with the Editorial Advisory...
Garden of Joy
Garden of Joy by Dan Damon. Carol Stream, IL: Hope, 2011. 35 hymns. ISBN 1-933710-09-8. $9.95.Dan Damon is a pastor, performing musician, hymnwriter, and composer. His latest collection, Garden of Joy, demonstrates many of his musical, pastoral, and...
Hymnal Companion to Evangelical Lutheran Worship
Hymnal Companion to Evangelical Lutheran Worship by Paul Westermeyer. Minneapolis, MN: Augsburg Fortress, 2010,944 pp. ISBN 978-0-8066-5394-5. $75.00.Evangelical Lutheran Worship (ELW) was released in 2006 with pew and leader's editions, the latter including...
Hymns in Periodical Literature
Alisa Clapp-Itnyre, "Nineteenth-Century British Children's Hymnody: Re-Tuning the History of Childhood with Chords and Verses," Children's Literature Association Quarterly 35, no. 2 (Summer 2010), 144-175.At the 2011 Annual Conference of the Hymn Society...
Jubilate, Amen! A Festschrift in Honor of Donald Paul Hustad
Jubilate, Ameni A Testschrift in Honor of Donald Paul Hustad edited by Paul A. Richardson and Tim Sharp. Hillsdale, NY: Pendragon, 2010. 471 + xiii pp. ISBN 978-1-57647-138-8. $60.00.Paul Richardson and Tim Sharp have done a masterful job editing this...
Let All Creation Dance
Let All Creation Dance by Roy Hopp [SATB, organ]. Adoro Music AMP-95, 2011. $1.75Stanzas 1, 3, and 4 of Brian Wren's poem of praise with this title are set in this new work. The text could be compared to Katherine Lee Bates's "O Beautiful for Spacious...
Metrical Psalms for the Church Year
Metrical Psalms for the Church Year by Hal H. Hopson. Carol Stream, IL: Hope, 2010. 96 pp. ISBN 763628184759. $12.95.Metrical psalms have been used by the church for hundreds of years. Many versions such as Sternhold and Hopkins or the Genevan Psalter...
Never Let the Songs End: New Hymns to Inspire and Uplift
Never Let the Songs End: New Hymns to Inspire and Uplift by Martin E. Leckebusch. Suffolk, Great Britain: Kevin Mayhew, 2010. Unnumbered pages, 124 hymns and indexes. U.K. £15.99.Leckebusch (b. 1962), who works in IT in Great Britain, has previously...
Nothing but the Blood of Jesus
Nothing But the Blood of Jesus by David Rasbach [SATB and piano]. Hope C5680, 2011. $1.90Set in the key of D? major with a later modulation, this anthem uses all four stanzas of the simple but convincing nineteenth-century text on forgiveness by Robert...
One-Minute Devotions for the Church Musician: Cycle A
One-Minute Devotions for the Church Musician: Cycle A by Nancy M. Raabe. St. Louis: Birnamwood, 2010. 72 pp. ISBN 978-0-944529-50-8. $12.00.Composer, writer, editor and church musician Nancy Raabe serves as composer-in-residence at Bethel Lutheran Church...
Search for a New Hymn or Song
Theme: Unity in DiversityOccasion: The 2012 Hymn SocietySummer Conference"The Meeting Place - Sharing our Song"As part of The Hymn Society's ongoing commitment to the enrichment of congregational song and in anticipation of the 2012 conference "The Meeting...
Sing with All the Saints in Glory
Sing with All the Saints in Glory by Carl Schalk [SATB, brass quartet, timpani, organ, optional congregation]. MorningStar Music, 2011. Choral ed. MSM-50-9952, $1.85. Instrumental parts, MSM-50-9952B, $30.00. Full score, MSM-50-9952A, $10.00.Author William...
"Take My Life, That I May Be"
In 1874, a young Frances Ridley Havergal took a trip to the English countryside and penned the beloved hymn "Take my life and let it be consecrated." "These little couplets formed themselves, and chimed in my heart one after another till they finished....
The Adventure of Collecting Hymnals: A Beginning Primer
Some of us have a passion for collecting. It started as a child with rocks, stamps, dolls, or baseball cards. As lovers of hymns it is only natural that we would collect hymnbooks. Collecting hymnals is intrinsically linked to our joy of leading congregational...
The Earliest Christian Hymnbook: The Odes of Solomon
The Earliest Christian Hymnbook: The Odes of Solomon translated by James H. Charlesworth. Eugene, OR: Cascade Books/Wipf and Stock, 2009. 172 pp. ISBN 978-1-60608-646-9. $20.00.It is fairly common knowledge that what Christians call the Book of Psalms...
The Gift of Genevan Psalmody for Today Sprung from Its Historical Context
The Gift of Genevan Psalmody for Today Sprung from its Historical Context by Calvin Seerveld. CD available through www.seerveld.com/tuppence.html. Canadian$ 18.00/ U.S. $21.00."Vintage Calvin Seerveld!" The illustrated lecture and music fit hand in glove...
The Hymn Tune Leoni and Its Texts
For many years I have played organ at an Episcopal parish in the urban area of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and for seven years I also have played piano and organ at a Reform synagogue as an occasional guest musician. In 2010 and 2011 I had the privilege of...
The Meeting Place: Winnipeg, Manitoba, July 15-19, 2012
What do Winnie the Pooh, Goldeyes, Bison, Gateway, Mordens' Chocolates, the Forks, Rainbow Stage, and Portage and Main all have in common? Winnipeg in Canada! It's the home of all of these and much more. Come join The Hymn Society in July as we meet...
Theodulf: Theologian at Charlemagne's Court, Poet, and Bishop of Orleans
Theodulf of Orleans was a key figure in Western Christendom in the late eighth and early ninth centuries. His poetry is valuable to historians for the way it illuminates the lives of Charles the Great (Charlemagne, 742-814), his son Louis the Pious (778-840),...
Wonder Reborn: Creating Sermons on Hymns, Music, and Poetry
Wonder Reborn: Creating Sermons on Hymns, Music, and Poetry by Thomas H. Troeger. Oxford: Oxford University, 2010. 208 pp. ISBN 978-0-19-539888-5. $24.95.As a preacher, musician, and hymnwriter, Thomas Troeger is uniquely qualified to explore the intersection...
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