Christian Life Hymnal, 2006: Kudos and quibbles

Februaro 8, 2013

Re: Christian Life Hymnal

Christian Life Hymnal, published in 2006 by Hendrickson Worship, a division of Hendrickson Publishers, is one of my favorite hymnals. I could be quite happy for months, stranded on a proverbial desert island, if I had Worship in Song: A Friends Hymnal, Hymns of Truth and Light, ADORU: Ekumena Diserva Libro, and the Christian Life Hymnal (CLH2006) along to keep me company.

One of the nice things about CLH2006 is the large number of hymns for which it gives two (or even three) tunes:

  1. Come, thou fount of every blessing (NETTLETON and WARRENTON)
  2. From all that dwell below the skies (LASST UNS ERFREUEN and DUKE STREET)
  3. O for a thousand tongues to sing (BLESSED NAME, AZMON and LYNGHAM)
  4. Love divine, all loves excelling (BEECHER, BLAENWERN and HYFRYDOL)
  5. All hail the power of Jesus’ name (CORONATION, DIADEM and MILES LANE)
  6. Come, thou long-expected Jesus (HYFRYDOL and STUTTGART)
  7. O little town of Bethlehem (ST. LOUIS and FOREST GREEN)
  8. Away in a manger (CRADLE SONG and MUELLER)
  9. In the bleak midwinter (CRANHAM and CASTLE)
  10. While shepherds watched their flocks by night (WINCHESTER OLD and CHRISTMAS)
  11. In the cross of Christ I glory (CRUCIFIXION and RATHBUN)
  12. When I survey the wondrous cross (HAMBURG and ROCKINGHAM)
  13. Alas, and did my Savior bleed (MARTYRDOM and HUDSON)
  14. The day of resurrection (LANCASHIRE and ELLACOMBE)
  15. Look, ye saints! The sight is glorious (REGENT SQUARE and BRYN CALFARIA)
  16. At the name of Jesus (WYE VALLEY and BELLE RIVE) [Why no KING’S LYNN?]
  17. Lo! He comes with clouds descending (REGENT SQUARE and HELMSLEY)
  18. I sing the mighty power of God (ELLACOMBE and FOREST GREEN)
  19. Amazing grace! how sweet the sound (NEW BRITAIN and LAND OF REST[!])
  20. Search me, O God (MAORI and ELLERS)
  21. Take my life and let it be (YARBROUGH and HENDON)
  22. Christ is made the sure foundation (REGENT SQUARE and WESTMINSTER ABBEY)
  23. In Christ there is no East or West (ST. PETER and MCKEE)
  24. Rise up, O men of God (FESTAL SONG and ST. THOMAS)
  25. We have heard the joyful sound (JESUS SAVES and LIMPSFIELD)
  26. The King of Love my Savior is (ST. COLUMBA and DOMINUS REGIT ME)
  27. Jesus, Lover of my soul (MARTYN and ABERYSTWYTH)
  28. My hope is built on nothing less (SOLID ROCK and MELITA)
  29. Stand up, stand up for Jesus (GEIBEL and WEBB)
  30. Dear Lord and Father of mankind (REST and REPTON)
  31. Jesus calls us, o’er the tumult (GALILEE and RESTORATION)
  32. I heard the voice of Jesus say (KINGSFOLD and VOX DILECTI)
  33. On Jordan’s stormy banks I stand (EVERGREEN SHORE and PROMISED LAND)
  34. God be with you till we meet again (TOMER and RANDOLPH)

(…that’s right, 34 such cases, where a competing hymnal might have, what, five?…)
…as well as three settings of the Gloria Patri, four of Praise God, from whom all blessings flow, two of the Sanctus, and three of the Lord’s Prayer…

CLH2006 also gives a number of pairs of hymns set to the same or similar tunes, or with the same or similar first lines, next to each other (often on facing pages), e.g.:

  • “Come, thou almighty King”, set to ITALIAN HYMN, opposite “Thou, whose almighty Word”, set to MOSCOW (which is a variant of ITALIAN HYMN)
  • “A mighty fortress is our God”, set to Isometric and Rhythmic versions of EIN’ FESTE BURG
  • “Fairest Lord Jesus”, set to CRUSADERS’ HYMN, followed by “Beautiful Savior”, set to SCHÖNSTER HERR JESU
  • “This is holy ground”, set to BEATTY, followed by “We are standing on holy ground”, set to HOLY GROUND
  • “Of the Father’s heart begotten” and “Of the Father’s love begotten” set, respectively, to triple and duple arrangements of DIVINUM MYSTERIUM (but not opposite one another; #80 and #86 in this case)
  • “Lo, how a rose” and “A great and mighty wonder”, set to ES IST EIN ROS in higher and lower keys, respectively
  • “O sing a song of Bethlehem” and “When Jesus left his Father’s throne”, set to KINGSFOLD in higher and lower keys
  • “All glory, laud, and honor” set as three stanzas opposite the same text and tune set as five stanzas with refrain
  • “Jesus Christ is risen today” opposite “Christ the Lord is risen today”, set to EASTER HYMN in higher and lower keys
  • “Jesus love me” set opposite “Jesus loves even me”
  • “Softly and Tenderly” set opposite “Jesus is calling”
  • “All for Jesus! This our song shall ever be” followed by “All for Jesus! All my being’s ransomed powers”
  • “Deeper and deeper” opposite “Deeper, deeper”

A few (but very few) things seem out of character, e.g. “Ride on, ride on in majesty” is set to WINCHESTER NEW, where I would have predicted ST. DROSTANE, and both “There is a green hill far away” and “Majestic sweetness sits enthroned” are set to HORSLEY, where I would expect GREEN HILL (Stebbins) for the former and ORTONVILLE for the latter.

What’s missing? I’d have liked to see ABBOT’S LEIGH as a second tune for “Glorious things of thee are spoken”, but I suppose it would have involved royalties, driving up the cost of the book, and BROTHER JAMES’ AIR for “The Lord’s my shepherd”. And rather than setting both “is risen today” hymns to EASTER HYMN (in different keys), I’d have liked to see one maybe to an alternative tune (and I don’t mean LLANFAIR, I’m thinking more of ASCENSION (Monk) or maybe even LAUS SEMPITERNA. I miss LEOMINSTER and GWALCHMAI and “My Anchor Holds” and (©!) “Precious Lord, take my hand”. I think “Soldiers of Christ, arise” could have used a second tune; I’d gladly sacrifice “Precious Mem’ries” to make room for it! ;-) “Will the circle be unbroken” is given as a refrain only. CLH2006 does have a section of copyrighted praise songs (mostly from #66 to #71), a few Getty hymns, and some others, including several by editor Eric Wyse and/or his wife, Dawn Rodgers, and of course “How Great Thou Art” and “Great Is Thy Faithfulness”. Fred Pratt Green is represented by “When in our music God is glorified”, but otherwise the “hymnic explosion” of the late twentieth century is completely absent. Not a single item by Brian Wren, Fred Kaan, Ruth Duck, Sydney Carter, Thomas Troeger, Marty Haugen, Sylvia Dunstan, Shirley Erena Murray, Jeffrey Rowthorn, Timothy Dudley-Smith, etc., etc. The only Catholic piece that’s more recent than Faber seems to be “On Eagle’s Wings”; I would have expected also to find “I, the Lord of sea and sky” and probably “We are one in the Spirit”. Almost nothing from Africa, Asia, or Indigenous America. No Spanish or Korean texts (not even in translation); there is a tiny amount of Latin and transliterated Greek. These are just a few of the reasons why, on my desert island, I’d need at least 2 or 3 other hymnals in English. Although in some cases there are commendably many stanzas (the full 7 for “O come, O come, Emmanuel”, and 7 as well, of a possible 9, for “Crown Him with many crowns”; 6 for “O come, all ye faithful”, for example), in other cases there are too few, e.g. only four each for “God of grace, and God of glory” and “It came upon the midnight clear”. “Mine eyes have seen the glory” has the “He is coming” verse, but lacks “the Hero born of Woman”.

And so on. Anyhow, I recommend it for hymn-sings of a nostalgic bent.

讃美歌 21 MIAs noted

Februaro 2, 2013

I just noticed a couple of days ago that 讃美歌 21 contains neither a translation of “Joyful, joyful, we adore thee” nor any other hymn set to HYMN TO JOY, nor a translation of “Angels, from the realms of glory” nor any other hymn set to REGENT SQUARE. Rather odd, it seems to me.

The 1954 讃美歌 has a different text (purportedly a translation of an English hymn beginning “Ring, O ring, ye chimes of glory”) set to HYMN TO JOY, and a translation of “Angels, from the realms of glory” but set to GRAFTON, a tune I’ve never seen the English text with (this will change shortly ;-) )…

Lejos de Mi Padre Dios; Letra, Fanny J. Crosby, 1869

Januaro 9, 2013

¿What Fanny Crosby hymn is this?

There is a Spanish hymn, “Lejos de mi Padre Dios”, which is sung to the W. H. Doane tune NEAR THE CROSS. In Himnario Bautista (El Paso: Casa Bautista de Publicaciones, 1978; a generally well-documented hymnal) it is clearly stated that it is by Fanny Crosby, 1869, translated by one Tomás García (who died in 1906). Now, 1869 is the year in which “Jesus, keep me near the cross” came out, so one might think that this is a Spanish version of that well-known Crosby hymn. But the text is completely unlike “Near the Cross”, indeed, nowhere in its three stanzas nor in its refrain does it even *mention* “la cruz”.

Anybody know what, if any, Crosby hymn it is a translation of, or is the Crosby ascription a mistaken assumption based on the tune? Fwiw, the generally much less well documented Assembly of God Spanish hymnal “Himnos de Gloria: Cantos de triunfo” has the same hymn to the same tune, but simply ascribes the words to “Autor Desconocido”.

I Am the Light of the World (Xmas text)

Novembro 29, 2012

I finally located the Howard Thurman poem that Jim Strathdee’s 1969 “I Am the Light of the World” is based on.

The Work of Christmas

When the song of the angels is stilled,
When the star in the sky is gone,
When the kings and princes are home,
When the shepherds are back with their flock,
The work of Christmas begins:
   To find the lost,
   To heal the broken,
   To feed the hungry,
   To release the prisoner,
   To rebuild the nations,
   To bring peace among brothers,
   To make music in the heart.

Hope somebody somewhere sings Strathdee this Advent, or reads Thurman’s litany.

Presumably it is technically under copyright, but I can’t find the original date (obviously pre-1969). It is in Thurman’s The Mood of Christmas, which is © 1973 by Howard Thurman, but doesn’t give the history.

2013 Hymn Anniversaries

Septembro 28, 2012

The Summer 2012 issue of The Hymn, just arrived, includes Carl Daw’s detailed and most welcome list of hymn-related anniversaries to celebrate next year. Here are a few I’ve come up with that he missed:

Johann Andreas Cramer *1723 †1788 German Evangelical theologian, court preacher, professor, poet; author of Das sollt ihr, Jesu jünger, nie vergessen

Heinrich Bone *1813 †1893 German Gymnasium headmaster, published a Catholic hymnal; four hymns in the 2001 Esperanto ecumenical hymnal ADORU:
Das ist der Tag, den Gott gemacht
Wahrer Leib, o sei gegrüsset
Maria Himmelsfreud
Zu dir, o Gott, erheben wir

James Remington Fairlamb *1838 †1908 An AGO Founder, his tune FAITH is given in the 1917 Lutheran hymnal Common Service Book as an alternative to OLIVET for My faith looks up to Thee. The AGO Founders Hymnal gives another tune of his, VICARIA, as a setting for When I survey the wondrous cross.

John Frederick Wolle, *1863 †1933 (See bio at hymnary.org) His tune ADVENT is the second most-used setting for the Horn/(Roh)/Winkworth text Once He came in blessing.

Andreas Peter Berggreen, *1801 †1888 Danish composer, among other things of a hymn tune (BERGGREEN) used for Tænk naar engang den taage er forsvunden / Tänk när en gång det töcken har försvunnit

Schalom Ben-Chorin *1913 †1999; born Fritz Rosenthal; German-Palestinian/Israeli writer, theologian, religious philosopher; emigrated to Palestine in 1935; pioneer in Christian-Jewish dialogue and collaboration; author of Freunde, dass der Mandelzweig, 1942, based on Jeremiah 1:11

Edward Morris Bowman *1848 †1913 an AGO Founder, one-time chair of the Vassar Music Department; edited First Baptist Peddie Memorial Church, Newark’s Sunday School songbook; composed a Short Meter tune, BARNARD (Bowman), to which Your Harps, Ye Trembling Saints is set in the AGO Founders Hymnal

Alfred Conzeth *1913 †1998 German printer; co-translator (with Richard Hoppe) of Michael Schirmer’s O heilger Geist, kehr bei uns ein into Esperanto

Julius Dahlöf *1871 †1913 Swedish>Norwegian>American organist, composed the music of Långt bortom rymden vida

Friedrich Karl Barth *1938 German pastor and liturgical advisor; author of the Communion Antiphon Selig seid ihr, wenn ihr einfach lebt

Frank Linwood Sealy *1858 †1938 An AGO Founder, he was Music Editor of Common Praise, a hymnal issued in 1913 by Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church, New York. In the AGO Founders Hymnal, his eponymous tune (SEALY) is given with the Bonar text Thy Way, Not Mine, O Lord.

Cszomasz Tóth Kálmán *1902 †1988 Hungarian hymnologist, composed tunes for Paizsa Szegény Fejemnek (KIRÁLY) and Fú a szél, zúg a szél (NIKODEMO)

AACH1957: All-American Church Hymnal, 11th ed.

Septembro 27, 2012

This is a rather strange hymnal, I think. It claims to be the 11th “edition”, but I wonder if they just mean “printing”. There’s nothing particularly outstanding about it, so my comments will mostly be in the way of picking nits, or on the positive side, mentioning a few items this one carries that most don’t and that I wish more did.

Negatives: The print is small and a bit bleary, probably from having been photoreprinted 11 times. The publisher, Benson, is one I generally admire more when the notes are in seven distinct shapes than when, as here, they are all roundish. The contents are not “All-American” (which to me would mean avoiding Watts and Wesley and Luther as assiduously as possible), though they include all four stanzas of “The Star-Spangled Banner”! The copyright date is given as 1957, but very few of the hymns are more recent than the 1930s. There’s no CWM RHONDDA (“Guide me, O Thou great Jehovah” is set to ZION, and “God of grace and God of glory”). No “How great Thou art” even. The last two musical numbers in the book are settings of the “Gloria Patri”: Meineke, which is labeled GLORIA PATRI First setting, and then the “Old Scottish Chant”, which is labeled GLORIA PATRI Third setting. So what happened to Second setting, presumably (but not certainly) Greatorex? It’s got the lamest Christmas section I’ve seen in years. And cultural diversity it ain’t got much of.

As one who takes hymnology seriously, I prefer either to see tune names given where possible, or completely eschewed except perhaps where a text is being set to more than one tune. AACH1957 just gives tune names sporadically, and they put their three settings of “All hail the power of Jesus’ name” in three completely disparate locations: CORONATION is #1, DIADEM is #246, and MILES LANE is #308, but none carries the tune name, nor is there any “See also” note to help the poor congregant who wants to request his favorite but doesn’t read music well enough to choose one of the three if he can find them…

Now the good points: as is almost always the case, this hymnal has some songs I really like and rarely see. #261 “Sail On!” (Gabriel) I’ve rarely seen before, and I’m glad to have it come up when I’m looking for maritime hymnody. #239 “Hallelujah, we shall rise“; #206 “Angel Band“; #349 “Ye Christian Heralds“; #301 “Dare to Be a Daniel“; #281 “Stranger of Galilee“… and y’know what? I like STATE STREET, which has almost disappeared from view, and I also like Samuel F. Smith’s baptismal numbers, “Down to the Sacred Wave“, and “With willing hearts we tread“, which AACH1957 conflates, and which STATE STREET carries well. There are others. But boy am I glad this is not the only hymnal I own!

My Hymnals at 211

Septembro 21, 2012

I just counted “My Hymnals” and found that there are 211 listed now (this is not by any means my entire hymnal collection, but it is probably the larger part). Here they are:

All-American Church Hymnal
An American Christmas Harp
African American Heritage Hymnal
The Alfred Burt Christmas Carols Song Album
Adoru kantante
Adoremus Hymnal
ADORU, Ekumena Diserva Libro
AGO Founders Hymnal
The American Hymnal for English Speaking People Everywhere
Alabanza Cubana Para las Naciones
Al Dio sonu nova kant’!
The African Methodist Episcopal Zion Bicentennial Hymnal
A New Hymnal for Colleges and School
A New Now Youth Folk Hymnal
The Hymnal: Army and Navy
Assembly Songs
At the Lighting of the Lamps: Hymns of the Ancient Church
Blessed Assurance: Hymns of Fanny J. Crosby
Baptist Hymnal 1956
The Broadman Hymnal
Baptist Hymnal 1975
Baptist Hymnal 1991
Baptist Hymnal 2008
The Baptist Hymnal, for Use in the Church and Home
Beams of Heaven: Hymns of Charles Albert Tindley
The Book of Praise
Bring Many Names
Better Than Pearls: sacred songs expressly adapted for gospel meetings
Sacred Songs for the Baptist Young People’s Union 10th International Convention
Canticle
Carols for Choirs 1: Fifty Christmas Carols
Carols for Choirs 2: Fifty Carols for Christmas and Advent
The Chancel Choir No.2
Christmas Customs and Carols
Chriſtmas Carols New and Old
Cáliz de Bendiciones: Himnario Discipulos de Cristo
Celebration Hymnal
Chalice Hymnal
The Christian Hymnary. Bks. 1-4
Choice Songs for Youth No. 1
Christian Life Hymnal, The
찬송과 예배 Come, Let Us Worship: The Korean-English Presbyterian Hymnal and Service Book
Christmas Favorites
The Collegeville Hymnal
The Covenant Hymnal: A Worshipbook
Christian Science Hymnal
Christian Science Hymnal Supplement
The Church School Hymnal for Youth
Christian Worship: A Hymnal
Deluxe 200 Christmas Song Book
Dakota Odowan: Dakota Hymns (1911)
Devotional Hymns
Hymnal 1982: according to the use of the Episcopal Church
Hymnbook 1982
Espero Katolika, Numero 1-3/2009 (Kantoj post Adoru)
Evangelical Lutheran Hymnary
Evangelical Lutheran Worship
Esperanta Himnaro
Espero Internacia
Evangelia Kantaro
Evangel Songs
Folk Encounter (the NOW hymnal)
Favorite Hymns of Praise
Fresh Laurels for the Sabbath School, A new and extensive collection of music and hymns. Prepared expressly for the Sabbath Schools, Etc.
For the Living of These Days
The Faith We Sing
Gather Comprehensive
Gather Comprehensive, Second Edition
Get All Excited: TRUTH Sings Bill Gaither
Glory to God: The Presbyterian Hymnal: A Sampler
The Hymnbook
Hymns for Creative Living
Hymnbook for Christian Worship
Hymns for Junior Worship
Hymnal: A Worship Book
Himnario Bautista
Hymns for Creatures Great and Small
Hymnal for Church and Home. 1st ed.
Himnos de gloria: cantos de triunfo
Himnos de la Iglesia
Hymns for the Family of God
Hymns for the Living Church
Hymns for Praise and Worship
Hymns for the Spiritual Journey
Hymns from the Four Winds: A Collection of Asian American Hymns
Hymns of Faith
Himnaro Esperanta, 4-a eld.
Himnaro Esperanta, 5-a eld.
Himnaro: Unua Kolekto
Himnu la Komunumo
Hymns In The Vineyard
Hymns (The hymnal of the Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship)
Hymns of Faith and Life
Hymns of Glorious Praise
Hymnal and Order of Service
The Hymnal and Order of Service
The Hymnal of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States of America 1940
Hymns for a Pilgrim People
Hymns of Truth & Light
Healing Waters
The Hymnal for Worship and Celebration
Hymnal Supplement 1991
Junior Hymns and Songs: for use in Church School, Sunday Session, Week Day Session, Vacation Session, Junior Societies (Judson Ed.)
Jubilant Praise: for young people’s societies, Sunday Schools, and Church Prayer Meetings
Kantu al la Eternulo
Kantoj el Taizé
Lutheran Book of Worship
Laudes Domini: a selection of spiritual songs ancient and modern
Hymns of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints
Let’s Sing
Living Hymns
Living Hymns
Liberala Himnaro
Let’s just Praise the Lord (Music Edition)
Light and Life Songs No. 3
Lillenas’ Solos and Duets No. 1
Lutheran Worship
Majesty Hymns
Melodious Accord Hymnal
The Methodist Hymnal
The Methodist Hymnal, Official Hymnal of the Methodist Church
Melodies of Praise
Mil Voces para Celebrar: Himnario Metodista
Мир вам! Peace be with you!
The New Baptist Praise Book: or, Hymns of the Centuries
The New Century Hymnal
New Songs, 5th ed.
The New Hymnal for American Youth
The New National Baptist Hymnal
The New National Baptist Hymnal (21st Century Edition)
New Songs for Service
Ni vivu laŭeble plej bele
Nyimbo za Imani Yetu
Oxford Book of Carols, The
Ordo de Diservo
Pathen Koehna Laabu
Presbyterian Hymnal
The Popular Hymnal
Pilgrim Hymnal
Praise Him
Psalter Hymnal (Gray)
Praise and Worship Songbook 3
Rejoice in the Lord
Renew!
Reasons to Sing
Songs for Worship
Service Book and Hymnal, authorized by the Churches Cooperating in the Commission on the Liturgy and Hymnal
賛美歌 21 [Sanbika 21]
讃美歌 / 讃美歌第二編 (Sanbika/Sanbika Dainihen)
讃美歌 (Sanbika)
The Song Book of the Salvation Army
Singing Evangelism (Billy Graham Campaign Songs)
聖歌 [Seika]
Shaping Sanctuary: Proclaiming God’s Grace in an Inclusive Church
The Service Hymnal, compiled for the General Use in All Religious Services …
Sing ‘n’ Celebrate
Sing ‘n’ Celebrate II
[Sgaw Karen Baptist Hymnal, 1963]
Singing the Living Tradition
Sing of Justice, Sing of Peace
Songs
Songs of Praise
Songs of Perfect Love
Songs of Zion
Songs of Redeeming Love (No. 2)
Sunday School Hymns No. 2 (Canadian ed.)
Select Songs of Praise for Evangelistic Services, Church and Sunday School
Soul-Stirring Songs and Hymns
Sankta Nikolao en Nederlando
Sing to the Lord: Hymnal
The Summit Choirbook
Singing Youth
The Book of Hymns (A fresh anthology of favourite hymns)
Thánh Ca
The Joyful Sounds of the Rose Hill Family
Tero kaj Ĉielo Kantu
Tero kaj Ĉielo Kantu Partoj I II III
Tero kaj Ĉielo Kantu Partoj IV V VI
Tero kaj Ĉielo Kantu Partoj VII VIII IX X
Thuma Mina: International Ecumenical Hymnbook
Treasure Songs of the Gospel
Tsese-Ma’heone- Nemeotȯtse (Cheyenne Spiritual Songs)
Tower Songs
The Saint Michael Hymnal: A Congregational Missal and Hymnal for the Celebration of Sung Mass in the Roman Rite
The Spirituals of Harry T. Burleigh
Triumphant Service Songs
Worshiping Church, The
The Hymnary of the United Church of Canada
United Methodist Hymnal, The
Venite Exultemus
Voices Found
Vatican II Hymnal
Voices: Native American Hymns and Worship Resources
Voices of Victory
Welsh and English Hymns and Anthems (Reformatted)
Worship and Rejoice
Worship and Service Hymnal: For Church, School, and Home
We Turn to God
Worship II, a Hymnal for Roman Catholic Parishes
Worship in Song
Worship in Song: A Friends Hymnal
Wonder, Love, and Praise: a supplement to the Hymnal 1982
Worship & Song
With One Voice
World Renowned Hymns
Worship Supplement, authorized by the Commission on Worship, The Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod
The Worshipbook, Services and Hymns
Worship Together
Youth Favorites: Gospel Songs and Choruses
Young People’s Songs of Praise
Zion still Sings

A Long-Term Project: “My Hymnals” reviews

Septembro 20, 2012

I have been listing and working on my hymnal collection in the context of hymnary.org’s massive database, which among other things contains the entire database of the DNAH (or DiNAH) . Thus far I have listed well over 150 titles in what they call “My Hymnals”. “My Hymnals” @ Hymnary.org is set up so that only I can see it, so I have put a PDF of it as of a recent date on my Google hymn site, here.

Now I am proposing to post occasional reviews of items on the list. If I do one a week (which I think is probably overly optimistic) the list as it currently stands will keep me supplied with topics for over three years.

I propose to start at the top and work down. Some of the hymnals are very interesting, and may provide material for more than one post, while in other cases (including the first, the All-American Church Hymnal) I may find it hard to come up with more than a sentence or two to say that I or anyone else would find worth the reading.

So now, give me a week or so to look through the “AACH1957″ (to use the Hymnary identifier), and I’ll try to say something worthwhile about it.

Nova versio de “Ĉe l’ Kristofesto ĝojas ni” (Ellen Gregory)

Oktobro 26, 2011

Mi ĵus aranĝis (kaj prirefrenis) la malnovan originalan Esperantan Kristnaskan kanton “Ĉe l’ Kristofesto ĝojas ni“. La melodioj proponitaj por ĝi en Himnaro Esperanta, Adoru kantante kaj Adoru neniam allogis min, kaj lastatempe trovinte en la himnaro de la nordamerikaj Sepatagaj Adventistoj, kun la teksto de Isaac Watts “Lo, what a glorious sight appears”, melodion intime ligitan al la malnova angla kanto “La Sep Ĝojoj de Maria” (trad. Auld), mi provis ĝin, ĝuis, kreis refrenon, kaj jen…

(mi petegas pardonon pro la malbona kvalito de la skanita partituro)


Authority ID record names ASCII only

Oktobro 25, 2011

I was trying to create a Person record on Åke Ahlrén, and Hymnary.org told me it was an Invalid Person. Here’s what the result looked like:

Turns out that, because personID and other authority records at Hymnary.org, because they are used in their own URLs, are required to be ASCII only.


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