Engelstalige Hymnodie Links op het Internet
(some useful links for the study of hymnody)
Hymnology Classes Online
of Current American Denominational Hymnals
Online Hymnals (Including MIDI
Some 'Movers &
Shakers' in the modern world of English hymnody
Also check out Internet
Resources - for links dealing with broad ACADEMIC
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
Hymnology Annual, editor Vernon Wicker. Published
by Selah Publishing
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 in Canada
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
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, Daniel Landes
University School of Music
Campbellsville, KY. Course Syllabus. Professor, Kenneth
Central, SC. Course Syllabus. Professor, Barbara Bross
Springfield, MO. Course Syllabus. Professor, Michael
Bartlesville, OK . Course Syllabus. Professor, Randy
University of Waterloo. Course Syllabus. Professor, Kenneth
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 Know
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!
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 only.
(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 us about."
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
The English Hymnal, 1906
Hymnal Companion to the Book of Common Prayer, 3rd
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),
Complet Mission Praise, 1999
Together in Song: The Australian Hymn book II, 1999
Common Praise: Hymns Ancient & Modern,
Church Hymnal (Church of Ireland), 2000
"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
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 domain.
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
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 author.
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
The Internet Christian Library (ICLnet)
provides resources to Christian higher education institutions.