The Hymn

Articles from Vol. 70, No. 1, Winter

2019 Hymn Festival Search
As part of The Hymn Society's ongoing commitment to the enrichment of congregational song, the Executive Committee has announced a search for an outline and script for a hymn festival focused on the theme of welcome towards refugees and immigrants. The...
Assembled for Song: An Anthology of New Hymns Volume 2
Assembled for Song: An Anthology of New Hymns Volume 2 Chicago: GIA, 2018 ISBN 978-1-62777-343-5, 125 pages, $24.95Assembled for Song is a collection of approximately fifty hymns. These texts and several of the tunes are recent creations of the last...
Christian Science Hymnal: Hymns 430-603
Christian Science Hymnal: Hymns 430-603 Christian Science Board of Directors Boston, MA: The Christian Science Publishing Society, 2017 ISBN 978-0-87510-504-8, 174 songs, $18.75The Christian Science Hymnal: Hymns 430-603 is the first major new hymnal...
"Each Breath Is Borrowed Air": Annual Conference 2019
This year's Hymn Society Annual Conference will take place from Sunday, July 14th at 2 p.m. through Thursday, July 18th after lunch, based at the University of Texas at Dallas, in Richardson, Texas. Our theme is "Each breath is borrowed air," from the...
Editor's Notes
Dallas, Texas, July 14-18, for our conference . . . Canterbury, England, the following week for the Hymn Society of Great Britain and Ireland . . . . Halle, Germany, in the week of July into August for the IAH (Internationale Arbeitsgemeinschaft für...
From the Executive Director
Dear Members and Friends,As the New Year arrived, we were busy with final details for the program and facilities for this year's Annual Conference, "Each Breath is Borrowed Air," being held at the University of Texas at Dallas from July 14 to 18. Thanks...
Group Hymn-Text Writing? No, Really!
For my church's 75th anniversary celebration, our minister invited me to write a new hymn text. Something didn't feel quite right about that to me, and I soon realized that it was the solo aspect of the project for such a communal event. We had groups...
Hymns in Periodical Literature
"A Catholic Hymnal for Use in Lutheran Leipzig: Catholisches Gesangbuch (Leipzig, 1724)," Robin A. Leaver, Bach Perspectives 12: Bach and the Counterpoint of Religion (University of Illinois Press, 2018), 36-62.In 1710 a royal Catholic chapel was established...
Known Unknowns: 100 Contemporary Texts to Common Tunes
Known Unknowns: 100 Contemporary Texts to Common Tunes John L. Bell and Graham Maule Chicago: GIA, 2018 ISBN 978-1-62277-259-9, 216 pages, 100 songs, $24.95This volume is like new wine in old wineskins and the collaboration of John L. Bell, FHS, and...
Performing Theology through Congregational Song Repertoire
Christian worship is a theological activity; it expresses and forms the faith of worshipers. Christian worship says something about who we believe God is, how God relates to us, and how God calls us to relate to the world. One aspect of worship-congregational...
Revival: Traditional Hymns for Contemporary Ensembles
Revival: Traditional Hymns for Contemporary EnsemblesTony AlonsoChicago: GIA, 2017G-9538 (spiral) $21.95, G-9405 (music collection) $27.00, CD-1012 (CD) $16.95, 14 hymnsRevival is a collection of fourteen hymns arranged by Tony Alonso. While most hymn...
THE HYMN 2018 Annual Index, Volume 69
Abbington, james, fhsSinging Our Savior's Story: A Congregational Song Supplement for the Christian Year, Hymn Texts Since 1990. James Abbington, FHS, comp. and ed. (rev. by) Darrell St. Romain 69:4:39 Aut 2018Anderson, davidRitual Song, Second Edition....
Thomas Ekundayo Phillips: Prelude to Early Twentieth-Century Hymnody in Nigeria
The history of hymnwriting in Nigeria is synonymous with the emergence of the first generation of Nigerian composers in early twentieth century.1 To be specific, it was around 19102 that Nigerian composers began writing their own indigenous music that...
Three Hymn Tunes by John Henry Maunder and Their Congregational Use in His 1904 Cantata Olivet to Calvary
John Henry Maunder (1858-1920) is a minor figure in the history of English church music, primarily remembered for his 1904 Anglican Passion cantata Olivet to Calvary. This work, which was often paired with John Stainer's The Crucifixion (1887), was frequently...
Writing Hymns and Singing Them: Memory and the Oral Culture: Some Reconsiderations
Each time I attend a Hymn Society Annual Conference I am struck by the deep contradictions of our sessions. Of late we have featured speakers who have touted the importance of the oral tradition (with which most agree) and at the same time we are all...
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