The Hymn

Articles from Vol. 63, No. 3, Summer

An Introduction to Chord Symbols on Lead Sheets
Annual Conferences of The Hymn Society bring me great benefit: besides singing good texts, I meet music by composers better than I and watch musicians who play organ and piano better than I do. At the conferences, other members ask me about a topic in...
Canzona Sings German Hymns/Singt Deutsche Kirchenlieder
Canzona Sings German Hymns/Singt Deutsche Kirchenlieder Hallelujah! schöner Morgen (2009) Lassi die Herzen immer fröhlich (2010) Stille Nacht/Silent Night (2011) Henry Engbrecht, conductor. Loren Hiebert, piano/ organ. Winnipeg, MB: Polar Bear Productions....
Christian Music: A Global History
Christian Music: A Global History by Tim Dowley. Minneapolis: Augsburg Fortress, 2011. 264 pp. ISBN 978-0745953243. $35.00.Dowley undertakes the ambitious task of furnishing "a new popular history of Christian music of all eras, all regions, and all...
Editor's Notes
Like all who plan worship for congregations, an editor has many decisions - more or fewer visuals; more or fewer examples and illustrations, both musical and verbal; fewer words or more words; how to communicate clearly what the congregation or The Society...
Emily Dickinson and Hymn Culture: Tradition and Experience
Emily Dickinson and Hymn Culture: Tradition and Experience by Victoria N. Morgan. Surrey, England, and Burlington, VT: Ashgate, 2010. $99.95.Those interested in close readings of texts and the cross-fertilization of hymnody and poetry, of spirituality...
"For Everyone Born, A Place at the Table"
Shirley Erena Murray's text, "For everyone born," is a powerful hymn for human rights and justice. First published in 2004, it came to the attention of Community of Christ in 2008, with Brian Mann's tune.1 It will be published with new translations in...
From the Executive Director
You have read by now in The Hymn, The Stanza, and The Verse about conversations taking place in various parts of North America to share ideas about congregational song: the current state, emerging trends, and our hopes and dreams. One of the things we...
Gaining a New Appreciation for Calvin and Music: The Past, Present, and Future of the Genevan Psalm Tune
Seven years ago, I was hired by Northwestern College, a school affiliated with the Reformed Church in America and located in Orange City, Iowa. I moved from the relatively nonReformed New England states to an area of the Midwest that is filled with the...
Hymnic Anniversaries for 2013
The first thing you are likely to notice about this year's compilation of hymnic anniversaries is that it is more extensive than in previous years. This may be partly due to the coincidences of chronology, but it also owes something to the fuller information...
Hymns in Periodical Literature
Nathaniel Peters, "The Catholic Case for Protestant Hymns," First Things: On The Square^ 16 March 2012 http://www.firstthings.com/onthesquare/ 2012/03/the-catholic-case-for-protestant-hymnsNathaniel Peters, a doctoral candidate in theology at Boston...
Hymns of Light, Vol. 1
Hymns of Light, Vol. 1 by Owen Alstott. London: Viewport Resources, 2011. 63 pp. ISBN 1-899916-083. $15.00.Though based in London, British author and composer Owen Alstott (b. 1947) has long been associated with Oregon Catholic Press, where he served...
Hymn Stories for Children: The Apostles' Creed/Hymn Stories for Children: Lent and Easter
Hymn Stories for Children: The Apostles' Creed by Phyllis Vos Wezeman and Anna L. Liechty. Pittsburgh: Logos System, 2004. ISBN: 0-9752605-8-8.Hymn Stories for Children: Lent and Easter by Phyllis Vos Wezeman and Anna L. Liechty. Pittsburgh: Logos System....
Inclusive Hymns for Liberation, Peace, and Justice
Inclusive Hymns for Liberation, Peace, and Justice by Jann Aldredge-Clanton with composer Larry E. Schultz. Austin, TX: Eakin, 2011. 126 pp. ISBN 978-1-935632-22-1. $19.95.For congregations who have been informed and transformed through the singing of...
McElrath-Eskew Research Fund
The McElrath-Eskew Research Fund was created to provide modest grants to support the work of researchers of congregational song. These grants are open to both beginning and experienced researchers. The fund is named in honor of Harry Eskew and Hugh T....
Music and the Wesleys
Music and the Wesleys ed. by Nicholas Temperley and Stephen Banfield. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2010. 274 pp. ISBN 978-0-252-07767-8. $25.00.Music and the Wesleys is a collection of essays stemming from the conference "Music, Cultural History...
Preaching from Home: The Stories of Seven Lutheran Women Hymnwriters
Preaching From Home: The Stories of Seven Lutheran Women Hymnwriters by Gracia Grindal. Grand Rapids, ML: William B. Eerdmans, 2011. ISBN 978-0-8028-6501-4. $32.00 US.Gracia Grindal provides insight into the lives and hymnwriting of seven Lutheran women...
Raising the Bamboo Curtain: A Visit with Asian Congregational Song
(ProQuest: ... denotes non-USASCII text omitted.)The faith of a community comes to life in its music making ... In music, the faith and life of a people take flesh. The musical doing of a people is so potent and so expressive of its being.Paul Westermeyer1The...
Remembering George H. Shorney, FHS: December 16, 1931-March 31, 2012
George Herbert Shorney, born in Oak Park, Illinois, died in Naples, Florida, after a three-year battle with lung cancer, predeceased less than a year by his spouse of fiftysix years, Nancy Leith Shorney. One daughter, three sons, and seven grandchildren...
Remembering Hugh D. McKellar: 4 December 1932-8 February 2012
The Hymn Society has lost one of our quiet champions. Hugh Duncan McKellar, teacherlibrarian, hymnologist, organist, and freelance writer, died this winter in Toronto of complications following hip surgery. He was a dedicated Life Member of The Society.Hugh...
Research Director's Report
As some of you know, Harry Plantinga and I conducted a user survey of Hymnary.org between August 2011 and January 2012. We had over 200 respondents; if you were one of them, we thank you! We learned a lot about how people were finding Hymnary.org and...
Singing Grace = Von der Gnade Singen: European Methodist Songbook
Singing Grace = Von der Gnade Singen: European Methodist Songbook Ulrike Schuler and S ? Kimbrough, eds. Frankfurt am Main, Germany: Medienwerk der Evangelischmethodistischen Kirche, 2010. 135 pp. ISBN 978-3940463-10-4. $12.00.This first Pan-European...
Total Praise: Songs and Other Worship Resources for Every Generation
Total Praise: Songs and Other Worship Resources for Every Generation ed. Sherman R. Tribble. Chicago: GIA, 2012. ISBN 978-1579-99-8813. Pew ed., $18.00. Keyboard ed., $59.00. Pulpit ed., $39.95.Total Praise is the successor to The New National Baptist...

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