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Help! Need good hymnal, not like Jubilate

 
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James



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PostPosted: Sat Mar 15, 2003 9:43 pm    Post subject: Help! Need good hymnal, not like Jubilate Reply with quote

Our church is currently using an old Evangelical hymnal with harmony in 4 parts. This has the great advantage of allowing the congregation to sing in parts. Hymnals by Jubilate Hymns usually have a format which is exceedingly difficult for singing in parts, and the harmonizations usually look like they assume that no one is singing in parts (harmonizations appear to be more intended for intstrumental accompaniment). Often the harmonizations have been tinkered with, I suppose to allow them to copyright the new versions, and clash with the ones many already know. And they are often quite difficult for a singing congregation. Or the sense of making them sound more "contemporary" makes me think more of the Carpenters or Sonny and Cher than it does e.g. Arvo Pärt or Gorecki.

However, our new chaplain quite correctly points out that this hymnal has little sense of liturgical seasons and, e.g., has few hymns appropriate for Lent.

Does anyone know of an Anglican hymnal available with parts clearly printed in SATB, with the lyrics in the proper place between the treble and bass cleffs, without the harmonizations doctored up? We are thinking of buying a new hymnal, and if we have to go with Jubilate, singing in parts will probably be next to impossible. This is a pity since our congregation has many good voices and sounds better than many church choirs.

Or are there good non-Anglican hymnals with a good liturgical sense that our chaplain is likely to find acceptable? Lutherans seem to have a pretty solid music/congregational singing tradition - do they have hymnals an Anglican chaplain is likely to give thumbs up to? It would help if, er, it were less than $20. A hymnal without "all the newest hymns" would be suitable.
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James



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PostPosted: Tue Nov 25, 2003 1:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

No, haven't seen it (we're not in an English-speaking country, so it's tough). I've had a look at their site, and signed up - will be able to look at their pieces. The general impression of Jubilate after Hymns for Today's Church is that they publish for a different style of congregation from our own (we're young and have a lot of good voices), but if Sing Glory has the music laid out responsibly, and has enough hymns that are singable harmonizations, it's a definite candidate. By "harmonies correctly laid out," you mean printed as to be singable, or also the harmonizations that people are likely to know already?
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