How To Compose A Hymn Tune

Source: The Complete Library of Christian Worship, Robert E. Webber, General Editor

As the previous article observes, a well-crafted hymn tune is essential for expressing the meaning of a text. Composing hymn tunes, then, is an important task that ultimately makes a hymn text singable and "pray-able. " To write an effective tune, the composer must meet poetic, musical, and liturgical criteria.

"Sing to the Lord a new song" proclaims the Psalmist in Psalm 98. Ever since the days of the Psalmist, composers and poets have been faithful to this command and have been inspired to...


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