Subject Area: Music - Hymns

Abide with Me. Fast Fall the Eventide (1847): A Sung Prayer of the Christian Tradition
2010 0-7734-3875-0
These works are presentations and studies of well-known Protestant hymns.

All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name. Sung Prayer of the Christian Tradition
2010 0-7734-3869-6
These works are presentations and studies of well-known Protestant hymns.

America the Beautiful
2012 0-7734-2605-1
“America the Beautiful,” written in 1893 by Wellesley College English Professor and Poet, Katharine Lee Bates (1859-1929), revised and first published in 1895 and revised again in 1904 and 1911, stands among the classic pieces of American National hymnody. The poem reflects not only the natural grandeur of the United States in the late nineteenth century—from sky to earth, and from sea to another—but it depicts the ideal vision of a poet, writing only three decades removed from the American Civil War, who strived extremely hard to communicate to her readers the necessity to preserve the fundamental principles of her nation: freedom and brotherhood. The crowning moment for the poem arrived, at some point during World War I, when an unidentified person or group determined to set Katharine Bates’ words to a tune, “Materna,” written by Samuel Augustus Ward (1847-1903), a now forgotten New Jersey organist, choir director, and music store owner, first published in 1888. Following that “marriage,” “America the Beautiful” then occupied the enviable three-tiered pedestal of poem, patriotic song, and national hymn, and there it remains to this day.

An Analysis of Various Versions of A. M. Toplady’s “Rock of Ages, Cleft for Me” (1774-2001)
2003 0-7734-6885-4
In an investigation of historical American hymnals, it was discovered that of the 267 most frequently published hymns, A. M. Toplady’s “Rock of Ages” ranked ninth, included in 114 of the 175 hymnals. This study examines 130 versions of that hymn text, beginning with its earliest periodical publications in 1774 and extending up through to a hymnal published in 2001, noting changes in its language, substance, structure, orthography, punctuation, and capitalization. Numerous editorial notes and comments offer explanations and explications concerning how editors altered the original version as well as biographical and historical commentary on books, editors, tune composers, publishing houses, and even pricing information. The sheer variety of hymnals and collections of hymns that have housed “Rock of Ages” broadens the discussion, particularly after the examination of those books intended to generate financial profit as well as to promote spiritual welfare. The hymnals chosen represent a wide range of denominational and commercial endeavors.

Anglican Church in 19th-Century Britain Hymns Ancient and Modern (1860-1875)
1989 0-88946-829-X
Discusses the theory and function of hymnody, Anglican hymnody, compilation, printing, and circulation, with an eye to proving that each hymn within a collection had its own purpose and its own intended use.

Commentary, Notes, and Introductions to the 1858 Sabbath Hymn Book: The Musicalized Theology of Popular Belief Just Before the Civil War Four Volume Set
2009 0-7734-4825-4
The 1858 Sabbath Hymn Book stands as an important and significant historical product of nineteenth-century American hymnody, as well as a by-product of nineteenth-century American Protestant culture, that, outside of the boundaries marked off by a small number of specialists in the field, lies practically forgotten.

Commentary, Notes, and Introductions to the 1858 Sabbath Hymn Book: The Musicalized Theology of Popular Belief Just Before the Civil War Volume Four
2009 0-7734-4797-0
The 1858 Sabbath Hymn Book stands as an important and significant historical product of nineteenth-century American hymnody, as well as a by-product of nineteenth-century American Protestant culture, that, outside of the boundaries marked off by a small number of specialists in the field, lies practically forgotten.

Commentary, Notes, and Introductions to the 1858 Sabbath Hymn Book: The Musicalized Theology of Popular Belief Just Before the Civil War Volume One
2009 0-7734-4791-1
The 1858 Sabbath Hymn Book stands as an important and significant historical product of nineteenth-century American hymnody, as well as a by-product of nineteenth-century American Protestant culture, that, outside of the boundaries marked off by a small number of specialists in the field, lies practically forgotten.

Commentary, Notes, and Introductions to the 1858 Sabbath Hymn Book: The Musicalized Theology of Popular Belief Just Before the Civil War Volume Three
2009 0-7734-4795-4
The 1858 Sabbath Hymn Book stands as an important and significant historical product of nineteenth-century American hymnody, as well as a by-product of nineteenth-century American Protestant culture, that, outside of the boundaries marked off by a small number of specialists in the field, lies practically forgotten.

Commentary, Notes, and Introductions to the 1858 Sabbath Hymn Book: The Musicalized Theology of Popular Belief Just Before the Civil War Volume Two
2009 0-7734-4793-8
The 1858 Sabbath Hymn Book stands as an important and significant historical product of nineteenth-century American hymnody, as well as a by-product of nineteenth-century American Protestant culture, that, outside of the boundaries marked off by a small number of specialists in the field, lies practically forgotten.

Eternal Father, Strong to Save (1860)a Sung Prayer of the Christian Tradition
2010 0-7734-3865-3
These works are presentations and studies of well-known Protestant hymns.

Gregorian Chant Intonations and the Role of Rhetoric
2002 0-7734-6872-2
With Accompanying CD

This study provides instruction to perform or conduct Gregorian chant in an historically informed way. It provides the reader with a Schenker style analysis of individual chant pieces, identifies the structure pitches of the composition and shows how these are then elaborated by ornamental figures. It also shows, for the first time, how the same creative tradition can be carried on in the English language. A CD with short examples is included with the book. This is the first volume in an exciting new series on Gregorian chant, edited by Father Columba Kelly.

History of Chinese Christian Hymnody. From Its Missionary Origins to Contemporary Indigenous Productions
2010 0-7734-3816-5
This work examines the important hymnals that shaped Chinese hymnody and the hymnists who made significant contributions. The hymns written by Chinese authors and composers are discussed in the light of their Christian context, poetic forms, imagery, Chinese music styles and musical idiom.

History of the Sacred Musical Life of an Orthodox Church in America
2004 0-7734-6479-4
This is the musical chronicle of Saints Constantine and Helen Serbian Orthodox Church, established more than 100 years ago by Tsar Nicholas, II. Founded by Serbian and Greek immigrants, it has had Syrro-Arabian, Russian, Greek and Serbian pastors and music from each of these cultures. With American, Serbian, Greek, Arab, and Russian parishioners, the multi-lingual approach used here may serve as a model for other Orthodox Churches in America.

Hymn Fragments in the New Testament: Hellenistic Jewish and Greco- Roman Parallels
2008 0-7734-4923-X
This study investigates the three main images of Christ in the material normally designated as hymnic in the New Testament (Phil 2:6-11, 1 Cor 8:6, Col 1:15-20, John 1:1-18, Heb 1:3-4, 1 Tim 3:16), specifically the images of Christ the pre-existent divinity, Christ the Creator and Christ the Incarnate god. It is the position of the author that the closest literary antecedents for the first two images can be found in the literary world of Hellenistic Jewish wisdom speculation, specifically that subset of Hellenistic Jewish wisdom speculation influenced by Middle Platonic thought and exemplified by the works of Philo of Alexandria. The final image, that of Christ the Incarnate god, finds its’ most compelling literary antecedents in works of Greco-Roman religious thought and philosophy, specifically those myths which deal with gods taking human form and serving as slaves. The image of the god as flesh, a subset of those images which deal with Christ as an incarnate god, however, fails to be easily classified as deriving from either Hellenistic Jewish or Greco-Roman literary images.

Hymns and Sabbath Liturgy for Morning and Evening Prayer of Isaiah Shembe's Amanazarites
2005 0-7734-6058-6
This is the fifth and final volume of the Sacred History and Traditions of the amaNazaretha series published by The Edwin Mellen Press. All five volumes were translated from the Zulu by Dr. Hans-Jürgen Becken at the request of his friend, Bishop Johannes Galilee Shembe (1904-1975) and approved by his successor, Bishop Amos Shembe (1907-1995). Like the earlier volumes in this series, the present book contains texts that are part of a common amaNazarite tradition preserved by Bishop J.G. Shembe and handed down to all members of the amaNazarite movement.



In Your Mercy, Lord, You Called Me: A Sung Prayer in the Christian Tradition
2010 0-7734-3630-8
In this study Dr. Nancy C. James analyzes the symbolism in Josiah Conder's poetic hymn, the expression of his beliefs and the notion of prevenient theology that motivated Conder.

Inner-Impulses and Gestures of Orchestral Conducting: The Psycho-Physical Function of Musical Leadership
2011 0-7734-1509-2
The author analyzes the phenomenon of the temporal interval (or time-lag) between a conductor’s action and appearance of the sound. The temperal internal is either ignored or only vaguely recognized by the generally accepted conducting methods.

Innovation of John Newton (1725-1807) Synergism of Work and Music in 18th Century Evangelism
1988 0-88946-824-9
Surveys the message, homiletical method, and the effect of Newton's preaching during the Olney and London periods, along with Newton as hymnwriter and the influence of his Olney hymns. Includes many previously unpublished photographs and new data.

Introduction to the Interpretation of Gregorian Chant
2006 0-7734-5993-6
This translation of Volume One of the two-volume work of Agustoni and Göschl has brought together the most accepted and recent scholarship in the field of Gregorian chant. It is a thorough and systematic presentation of this material for the very purpose of aiding those who wish to bring this music to life in actual performance and in a manner that is more faithful to its very nature as the musical enhancement of a sacred text. Such an aid to performance has only been available since 1987 in the original German and then in 2001, in a French translation of Volume I by Dom Daniel Saulnier. The French translation by Dom Saulnier has been used as the basis of this translation, since it contains material on the Tironian notes that was not available at the time of the original German work. This English translation begins to answer the need of English-speaking directors and singers of Gregorian chant for performance guidelines that are based on solid scholarship.

Life of Camilla Williams, African American Classical Singer and Opera Diva
2011 0-7734-1483-5
This book is the memoir of an African-American operatic soprano. It is co-written by a Nigerian ethnomusicalogist, and relates Williams’ early life, education and subsequent career as an artist and educator. This book contains 3 color plates and seven black and white photographs.

Literary Sources of Nineteenth Century Musical Orientalism: The Hypnotic Spell of the Exotic on Music of the Romantic Period
2011 0-7734-1553-X
This volume is the first of its type to comprehensively survey the major sources of literary inspiration for western composers who sought to depict in their musical works on “Eastern” flavor.

Mercy and the Misericord in Late Medieval England: Cathedral Theology and Architecture
2009 0-7734-4841-1
This work examines medieval cathedral practice through the analysis of choir stalls. The author demonstrates that far from being merely decorative, these seats reveal much about Medieval society, law and feudal responsibility. This book contains forty black and white photographs and two diagrams.

Music and Poetry of Glorious Things of Thee are Spoken (1779): A Sung Prayer of the Christian Tradition
2016 1-4955-0510-3
This is a close study of both the poetic elements and musical setting for Glorious Things of Thee Are Spoken. This hymn, written by John Newton in 1779, on a broader level proves an example of a rhythmical argument in its attempt to promote the evangelical revival within a rural English parish as well as promoting Newton’s inspirational desire to perpetuate the faith while comforting sincere Christians.

Music and Poetry of the Church's One Foundation (1866): A Sung Prayer of the Christian Tradition
2014 0-7734-4283-9
“The Church’s One Foundation” established itself, early and firmly, among those nineteenth-century English hymns known for their poetic excellence. Thus, the piece not only “sings” well, it reads well.
History of Christian Hymnody Volume 14


Music and Poetry of Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God Almighty (1826): A Sung Prayer of the Christian Tradition
2016 1-4955-0467-0
This is a close study of the poem and musical setting for Holy Holy Holy Lord God Almighty. This hymn, written in 1826, is one of the most sung hymns of the Protestant and Episcopal traditions. The author of the hymn, Bishop Reginald Heber was the Bishop of Calcutta, India.

New and Critical Edition of George Osborn’s the Poetical Works of John and Charles Wesley (1868-1872), with the Addition of Notes, Annotations, Biographical and Background Information
2009 0-7734-3846-7


New and Critical Edition of George Osborn’s the Poetical Works of John and Charles Wesley (1868-1872), with the Addition of Notes, Annotations, Biographical and Background Information
2010 0-7734-1310-3
This fifth volume of the “New Edition” of George Osborn’s nineteenth-century collection of The Poetry of John and Charles Wesley continues to widen the access of the original poems of the eighteenth-century Wesleys, as well as their translations and altered versions of others’ poetical works. Although the total of thirteen volumes of Osborn’s edition might justifiably be considered by the scholarly world as “outdated,” it cannot be termed “obsolete,” since, nonetheless, it remains as the largest collection of the Wesleys’ poetic productions yet published.

New and Critical Edition of George Osborn’s the Poetical Works of John and Charles Wesley (1868-1872), with the Addition of Notes, Annotations, Biographical and Background Information
2010 0-7734-1391-X
This sixth volume of the “New Edition” of George Osborn’s nineteenth-century collection of The Poetry of John and Charles Wesley continues to widen the access of the original poems of the eighteenth-century Wesleys, as well as their translations and altered versions of others’ poetical works. Although the total of thirteen volumes of Osborn’s edition might justifiably be considered by the scholarly world as “outdated,” it cannot be termed “obsolete,” since, nonetheless, it remains as the largest collection of the Wesleys’ poetic productions yet published.

New and Critical Edition of George Osborn’s the Poetical Works of John and Charles Wesley (1868-1872), with the Addition of Notes, Annotations, Biographical and Background Information
2010 0-7734-1474-6


New and Critical Edition of George Osborn’s the Poetical Works of John and Charles Wesley (1868-1872), with the Addition of Notes, Annotations, Biographical and Background Information
2009 0-7734-4678-8
This volume of the “New Edition” of George Osborn’s nineteenth-century collection of The Poetry of John and Charles Wesley provides access to the original poems of the eighteenth-century Wesleys, as well as their translations and altered versions of others’ poetical works. It provides necessary background information relative to those poems–details historical, bibliographical, and biographical that Osborn omitted or of which he had no knowledge.

O For a Thousand Tongues to Sing (1739, 1740): A Sung Prayer of the Christian Tradition
2010 0-7734-3871-8
These works are presentations and studies of well-known Protestant hymns.

Once in Royal David's City
2011 0-7734-1527-0


Onward Christian Soldiers (1864) : A Sung Prayer of the Christian Tradition
2010 0-7734-3873-4
These works are presentations and studies of well-known Protestant hymns.

Praise God From Whom All Blessings Flow (1693,1695, 1709): A Sung Prayer of the Christian Tradition
2010 0-7734-3889-7
These works are presentations and studies of well-known Protestant hymns.

Recessional: A Victorian Ode (1897) ( God of Our Fathers, Known of Old): A Sung Prayer of the Christian Tradition
2010 0-7734-3891-2
These works are presentations and studies of well-known Protestant hymns.

Rock of Ages, Cleft for Me (1775-1776): A Sung Prayer of the Christian Tradition
2010 0-7734-3820-3
These works are presentations and studies of well-known Protestant hymns.

Songs of the Spirit in Poetry and Hymnody
2004 0-7734-6330-5
Fashions in hymn-writing have fluctuated widely since Issac Watts, as a young man in the 17th century, pioneered the art. Until then, churches only sang psalms, later paraphrases, to be followed by the vast output of thousands of hymns by Watts and then by Charles Wesley. Both men became poets in their own right. Later, Victorians took up hymn-writing on a huge scale and in recent times excellent new hymns have been written, often referred to as songs although, sadly, some strong in devotion and sentiment, have been weak in poetry. The contention of this book, the author’s second on the subject, is that hymnody should always be sound in poetic construction and that as, Wesley declared, it should reflect the strength and purity of the English language.

Stable- Lamp is Lighted
2010 0-7734-3650-2
Richard Wilbur’s lyric “A Stable-Lamp is Lighted,” originally written to be sung chorally at a candlelight service at Wesleyan University in 1958, is both a much admired poem sung by church choirs in Advent and Christmas concerts and a successful hymn text. Wilbur’s text combines the attributes of a text for congregational and choral singing with those of a Modernist poem.

Study of Hymn Writing and Hymn Singing in the Christian Church
1990 0-88946-798-6
Traces the continuing story of hymn-writing and hymn-singing in the Christian church and follows the golden thread through successive generations of Christians. Sets out to trace the development of English hymnody and the continuing link between the muse of poetry and the inspiration required in hymnody.