The Hymn

Articles from Vol. 69, No. 1, Winter

2017 Annual Index, Volume 68
Abbington, James, FMSFavorite Hymns of Fellows 2016. Emily R. Brink, FHS; Timothy Dudle ySmith, FHS; David W Music, FHS; James Abbington, FHS; Paul Westermeyer, FHS; Ruth C. Duck, FHS. 68:1:31 Win 2017Alicea, Irma CuevasPraise y Adoración Bilingual Hymnal...
2018 Song Search
As part of The Hymn Society's ongoing commitment to the enrichment of congregational song, and in anticipation of the 2018 conference, "Sacred Song and the Public Square," the Executive Committee has announced a search for a new song. The winning entry...
Contemporary Worship Music: Text, Theology, and Musical Meaning
Throughout the worship wars of the 1980s and 1990s, criticisms were often leveled against the content of Contemporary Worship Music (also known as "Praise and Worship" music): the songs were too individually focused, too subjective, and most problematically,...
Editor's Notes
As part of my transition into the role of Editor of The Hymn, I became steward of an entire print run of the journal (along with a Canadian dictionary). Surveying the hundreds of slim volumes spanning back to the late 1940s has been daunting. My predecessors...
From the Executive Director
Drawing a Wider CircleMy favorite holiday is New Year's Day. When I was a student, I loved the first day of school. I like a "blank book" journal best when every page is still blank... brand-new crayons before their edges are rounded by use... a crossword...
Hosanna, Loud Hosannas Student Hymnal: Essential Hymns Every Child Should Sing
Hosanna, Loud Hosannas Student Hymnal: Essential Hymns Every Child Should Sing. DAVID AND BARBARA LEEMAN. SELF PUBLISHED IN GARLAND, TX: MIKLIS PRINTING, 2014. ISBN 978-1-63452-041-6. 115 HYMNS. $42.00.Hosanna, Loud Hosannas is a surprising hymnal for...
Hymns of Hope and Healing: Words and Music to Refresh the Church's Ministry of Healing
Hymns of Hope and Healing: Words and Music to Refresh the Church's Ministry of Healing EDITED BY JAN BERRY AND ANDREW PRATT WITH JANET ELDRED AND ANNE SARDESON. LONDON: STAINER & BELL, 2017. ISBN 9780-85249-954-2. 152 PAGES. ?12.50.As I write this...
Interpreting a Different Fanny Jane Crosby
Frances (Fanny) Jane Crosby (1820-1915), blind from infancy, became one of the most well-known hymn writers of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, writing over 8,000 hymns. Better known as Fanny Crosby, her gospel hymns, expressions of...
Ivan Stepanovich Prokhanoff (1865–1935), Russian Protestant Hymnwriter
Why is the most prolific Russian Protestant hymn writer, Ivan Stepanovich Prokhanoff,1 almost completely unknown in the West today, given the extent of his hymnic production: twelve volumes of hymns, 1037 hymns (often with texts and music by Prokhanoff),...
Medieval Hymns on Modern Lips: An Analysis of Medieval Texts and Tunes in Three Twenty-First-Century Protestant Hymnals
The year 2017 marked the 500th anniversary of the Reformation,1 and while it is good to celebrate congregational song since the Reformation, there is also a danger, especially among Protestants, of neglecting the medieval heritage of Christianity. Often,...
My Child Is a Flower: Seventy New Hymns, Chants and Arrangements
My Child Is a Flower: Seventy New Hymns, Chants and Arrangements DAN DAMON. CAROL STREAM, IL: HOPE, 2017. ISBN 1-933710-17-9. 128 PAGES. $9.95.Dan Damon is an internationally published writer of hymn texts and tunes and a Fellow of The Hymn Society....
Research Director's Report
In 2018, The Hymn Society Annual Conference is headed to St. Louis, a socio-cultural landscape rich with history. Being a transplanted resident in Canada and a cultural history buff, I am fascinated by the socio-cultural context of where we will be this...
Sacred Song and the Public Square: Encountering the Public Square of St. Louis
If you want to know about the "public square" in St. Louis, Blueberry Hill on Delmar Boulevard might be the place to start. Blueberry Hill is a bar-museum-restaurantnightclub that its owner describes as "a welcoming place that was all about music, pop...
The Relational Power of the Pipe Organ
For the last several months the church I attend has had supply organists, ranging in experience and skill from beginners to those with doctoral degrees. From my vantage point in the sound booth at the back of the austere sanctuary, I frequently hear-or...
The Singing Heart: Understanding Paul Gerhardt's Morning and Evening Songs as Sung Devotional Meditations
"Wach auf, mein Herz, und singe/Awake, my heart, and sing"This opening line to one of Paul Gerhardt's great morning hymns reveals something profound. Gerhardt does not call the body of the singer to awake. Nor does he address the soul as Thomas Ken does...
The Whole Church Sings: Congregational Singing in Luther's Wittenberg
The Whole Church Sings: Congregational Singing in Luther's Wittenberg ROBIN A. LEAVER. GRAND RAPIDS, MI: WILLIAM B. EERDMANS, 2017. ISBN 978-0-8028-7375-0. 206 PAGES. $22.00.Scholars agree that congregational song played a critical role in the promulgation...
William J. Reynolds: Church Musician
William J. Reynolds: Church Musician DAVID W. MUSIC. MACON, GA: SMYTH AND HELWYS. ISBN 978-157312-690-8. 358 PAGES. $18.40.William J. ("Bill") Reynolds is recognized as one of the most influential church musicians of the twentieth century, especially...
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