Hymnody Links (some
useful links for the study of hymnody)
Hymnology Classes Online
Online Hymnals (Including MIDI files)
Some 'Movers &
Shakers' in the modern world of English hymnody
Also check out:
- for links dealing with broad ACADEMIC RESEARCH areas.
List of Current American Denominational
believe that congregational song is an integral
component of worship
believe that the writing and singing of new texts
and tunes needs to be promoted
value learning about the origins of the words
and music they sing
Dedicated to encouraging study and research in the field of
hymnody, promoting good standards of hymn-singing, encouraging
the discerning use of hymns in worship and sponsoring relevant
publications. [The website for the HSGB&I keeps moving around
so this link may not be current. Last update, 10/20/2002.]
Also see: The
Hymn Society in Great Britain and Ireland
The Dictionary of American Hymnology Project (DAH), with the
support of the Oberlin College Library and the Hymn Society in
the U.S. and Canada, provides data related to hymns and hymnwriters
as well as the history of congregational song in America. The
project comprises four sources for research: an index of first
lines of hymns from 1640 to 1978 with a supplementary index 1978
to present; a bibliography of some 5000 hymnals published in America
(1817 denominational + 3192 non-denominational); an author file;
and a biographical file.
Hymnology Annual, editor Vernon Wicker. Published by Selah
The Hymnology Annual is an international forum on the hymn
and worship, and has become one of the most respected journals in
its field. Each volume is a substantial contribution to the study
of hymnody. You can't find some of these articles anywhere else,
and it brings together articles from disparate sources you might
never find or hear of. If you want to be knowledgeable abouthymnody,
this is required reading.
Worship & Spirituality Site of the Evangelical Lutheran Church
Gracia Grindal's WEB site for 'the Hymnuts of the
World.' Gracia Grindal is Professor at Luther Seminary, St. Paul,
MN. Gracia Grindal is a hymn writer and is well known for her translations
of hymns from the Lutheran tradition, particularly German and Norwegian.
Unfortunately, many of the links on her HYMNUTS site do not work and
Luther Seminary has an annoying habit of changing the location of
their server. So, there is no guarantee that links that work today
will still work tomorrow. But, MANY DO work consistently and this
is a great site, particularly for resources related to Lutheran hymnody,
Scandinavian hymnody, The Evangelical Luthern Church of Canada, etc.
We particularly recommend Gracia's Hymnal
Located at Yale University: supporting library collection
development, teaching,and research in the areas of hymnody and psalmody.
This site is a starting point to help you find information
related to the tradition of Shape Note singing. While most of these
materials relate to the largest surviving branch of this tradition,
The Sacred Harp (four shape), [the site] also includes information
about New Harp of Columbia (seven shape), Southern Harmony
(four shape), Christian Harmony (seven shape), Harmonia
Sacra (seven shape) and West Gallery (round note) traditions.
Project Wittenberg is an ad hoc group of individuals
dedicated to posting on the internet a cross-section of classic
and historic texts written by Lutherans.
The Canadian Mennonite Encyclopedia Online is a dynamic source
of information about the Anabaptist-Mennonite groups in Canada.
Compiled by Bruce Harding, a church musician in
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
University School of Music
Nashville, TN. Course Syllabi for Undergraduate and Graduate Hymnology.
Professor, Daniel Landes
University Divinity School
Nashville, TN. Course Syllabi for Graduate Hymnology. Professor,
University School of Music
Campbellsville, KY. Course Syllabus. Professor, Kenneth Martin
Central, SC. Course Syllabus. Professor, Barbara Bross
Springfield, MO. Course Syllabus. Professor, Michael Dove
Bartlesville, OK . Course Syllabus. Professor, Randy Thompson
University of Waterloo. Course Syllabus. Professor, Kenneth Hull
Hanover, NH. Course Description. Professor, Ernest Drown
Saint Paul, MN. Course Syllabus. Professor, Gracia Grindal
Hickory, NC. Course Syllabus. Professor, Florence Jowers
Ancaster, Ontario. Course Syllabus. Professor, Bert Polman
Newton Theological School
Newton Centre, MA. Course Syllabus. Professor, Dr. Johnson
Pines Training Center
100 Hymn Tunes You Should
THE ELECTRONIC ENCYCOPEDIA OF HYMNOLOGY
[No longer available. Please check out 100
Hymn Tunes You Should Know.]
MusicBase is a database for IBM PCcomputers
which includes 1500 hymns from 5 current hymnals, including: The Baptist
Hymnal, 1991; Baptist Hymnal, 1975; Baptist Hymnal, 1956 Edition Hymnal
for Worship and Celebration (Word Music) Hymns for the Family of God
(Paragon) Worship His Majesty (Gaither). Find hymns by topic, scripture,
text, composer, author, meter, key, etc.
HymnSys no longer is.... so sorry if you've had a recent
bad experience with this link. Unfortunately, there are some REAL
bad people on the internet. Cheers! -- DL
HymnQuest is a CD-ROM developed by The Pratt Green Trust,
a charity devoted to the advancement of hymnody and music in worship.
The CD-ROM is the most comprehensive ever published in its field,
containing over 25,300 first lines and choruses, the full text of
more than 15,100 hymns and songs from some 296 hymn books and publications.
The opening bars of over 12,100 melodies can be both viewed and heard,
and the indexes list tune names and metres; biblical, thematic, liturgical
and seasonal references, as well as information and pictures of authors,
composers and translators. It is even possible to search for tunes
by playing the opening notes on a Virtual Keyboard. PC version
(Hymn texts and MIDI files. Too many to keep track of!! Many new
ones added every week. Go to a good search engine like Google.com
and type in 'midi hymnal' -- you'll be overwhelmed by hits. Here are
some of my favorites.)
The base hymnal has been The Lutheran Book of Worship,
which 'we are finishing over the year. As the project grows we will
add the hymns found in With One Voice and other hymns people ask
This online hymnal contains texts and MIDI files of tunes used
in much of the English-speaking world, with particular emphasis
on the Anglican tradition. Currently, seventeen Anglican hymnals
(!!) have been indexed. Eventually there will be over 5000 pages
on this site; currently the number is about 2400.
The English Hymnal, 1906
Hymnal Companion to the Book of Common Prayer, 3rd edition,
The Book of Common Praise, 1908,
The Hymnal, 1916
Church Hymnal (Church of Ireland), 1921
Hymns Ancient & Modern 1922
Songs of Praise 1931
The Book of common Praise, 1938
The Hymnal 1940
Hymns Ancient and Modern, Revised, 1950
Church Hymnary (Church of Ireland), 1960
Anglican Hymn book 1965
The Hymn Book, 1971
The Australian Hymn book, 1977
Hymns Ancient & Modern, 1983
The New English Hymnal, 1986
Hymns for Today's Church, 1988
Celebration Hymnal for Everyone 1994
Hymns Old and New, 1996
Common Praise (Anglican Church of Canada), 1998
Complet Mission Praise, 1999
Together in Song: The Australian Hymn book II, 1999
Common Praise: Hymns Ancient & Modern, 2000
Church Hymnal (Church of Ireland), 2000
The Cyber Hymnal
"The Cyber Hymnal. Thousands of Christian hymns &
Gospel songs from many denominations: lyrics, MIDI files, scores,
pictures, history & more. Searchable, advanced autoplay feature
[yuck], free downloads. A new hymn every day. Biggest site of its
kind on the Internet. This worship and teaching resource is provided
as a public service." (quote from the site)
This site (which has "over 2,400 Christian hymns and Gospel
songs from many denominations") has been around long enough
now to be called VENERABLE. It is probably the most often listed
and linked site on pages which give sources for hymn texts and tunes
and it is truly a remarkable resource.
One negative aspect of the site is that the user has no control
over the playing of MIDI files when an individual tune page is selected.
You are confronted with a "cheezy" electronic arrangement
of the tune (organ and choral "ahhas") which loops endlessly
until you close the page or turn your computer off. If you do not
have an easy way of controlling the volume of your speakers then
you are forced to listen to the music while you peruse the content.
Other similar MIDI sites (The
Oremus Hymnal) give the user a media controller to start/stop
the music as well as to adjust the volume.
Another negitive (for computer geeks only), all the texts are in
boldface type with a specialized (not default) font. In addition,
SMART QUOTES and other symbols are scattered throughout the hymns
so this makes processing tedius and time consuming). Consider The
Oremus Hymnal for texts (default font, no smart quotes,
Part of the Christian Classics Ethereal Library: Classic
Christian books in electronic format. All of the books on this server
are believed to be in the public domain in the United States unless
otherwise specified. Copy them freely for any purpose. Outside of
the US, check your local copyright laws. All MIDI files are public
This site is an online hymnal which will eventually
contain over 3000 texts and MIDI files as used in many parts of the
Anglican Communion throughout the world. Included are public domain
texts from twelve Anglican hymnals used in the second half of the
twentieth century (and still used today).
A collection of 143 songs from the Reformed
University Fellowship (RUF). Compiled by Rev. Kevin Twit,
RUF Campus Minister, Belmont University; College Pastor at Christ
Community Church, Franklin TN.
Featuring MIDI hymns and psalm tunes from The United
Methodist Hymnal 1989 Edition. [Great site! BUT, this writer found
the constantly playing MIDI file very annoying. There is no way to
disable the sound except by turning down the volume of your computer
speakers. Unfortunately, every time you hit the site, it re-sets your
volume -- so you have to constantly turn down the volume if you find
the music annoying. Other than that, its a great site!]
Arrangements by Rev. Richard Jordan.
The Catholic Book of Worship III is
Canada's official Catholic hymnal, containing about 400 hymns, plus
additional service music.
Each hymn was sequenced directly from The Episcopal
Hymnal, 1940 and orchestrated and/or arranged by the
Authorized by the Synods Constituting The Evangelical
Lutheran Synodical Conference of North America. St. Louis, MO: Concordia
Publishing House, 1941.
This site holds 5 complete Lutheran Hymnals, "The
Lutheran Hymnal" in midi, "Lutheran Worship" in midi, "Hymnal Supplement
98", "Lutheran Book of Worship" and "With One Voice". Original hymn
arrangements for organ, and for brass quintet - presented in MIDI.
A contemporary hymn section, where traditional hymns are done in folk,
country western and rock styles. Reference section contains several
special indexes, a scripture index to hymns, a topical index to hymns,
and various cross reference devices to enable moving between different
hymnals, including tune indexes. No connection with the actual hymanls
or their publishers. All arrangements by the site developer.
Classic Christian hymns, as well as hymns unique to
the hymnals of the Churches of God.
The Digital Hymnal is a collection of MIDI Files,
lyrics, and historical notes about the authors and composers of hymns,
based on the Seventh-day Adventist Hymnal. It follows the numeric
order of the SDA Hymnal and includes the same indexes. The Digital
Hymnal is being developed by a group of volunteers. It is not sponsored
by any business organization and has no intents for any profit. Its
main objective is to provide a worship and teaching resource and an
easy way to download MIDI files of hymns through the internet.
Hymns, church music and sacred songs, and devotionals
for prayerful meditation and enjoyment. The hymns contain the music
and lyrics so that you can sing and follow along as your favorite
hymns are played
The purpose of this online hymnal is two fold. First
is to make available some hymns used by Old School Baptist Churches
in the United States to those who may notbe familiar with that denomination.
Second, we hope to acquaint far flung church members with hymns used
in other parts of the country.
A collection of favorite hymns from the perspective
of Puritanistic Calvinism.
A selection of hymns from the Multimedia Library.
The Internet Christian Library (ICLnet) provides resources
to Christian higher education institutions.
I have no information about this group but they have a great
site!! -- check it out. -- DL
A site devoted to praise and worship music. Be sure to check
out their MIDI
Music Resources for Todays Christian Worship (UK -- United
Kingdom). Download 60 music examples. Resources for CCM. Links.
MIDI explanations, etc.
"Christian MIDI MUSIC for you to enjoy." (www.daylight.net)
Historic Hymnals (complete)
[Coming ONLINE soon. Please check back often.] - January
Check out: Useful
Links for Studying Church Music
This GREAT site was created by Tadashi
Inoue, pastor of Todoroki Church (Tokyo, Japan). There are
many great links here which I'm still exploring (3/5/2002).
For links dealing with specific areas of ACADEMIC
RESEARCH, see Internet Resources.