Free Christian Music : Hyms and Hymnology Resources

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  • Between Hymnbook and Textbook (Free Christian Music : Hyms and Hymnology Resources)  Article by Ryoji Tsurumi on "Elizabeth Hill's anthologies of devotional and moral verse for late charity schools".

  • Christian Music (Free Christian Music : Hyms and Hymnology Resources)  Article by Warren Doud: Historical, Biblical, and thematic review.

  • Church Music Research Tools (Free Christian Music : Hyms and Hymnology Resources)  (Japanese/English) bibliography; links; articles.

  • Creator Magazine: Articles on Congregational Music (Free Christian Music : Hyms and Hymnology Resources)  [several articles; Methodist perspective]

  • Encyclopedia.com: Hymn (Free Christian Music : Hyms and Hymnology Resources)  Brief article; links to fee-per-download resources.

  • Grove Concise Dictionary of Music: Musical Forms: Psalm

  • Hymn Backgrounds (Free Christian Music : Hyms and Hymnology Resources)  [~40 stories] Hosted by Neil Chadwick, Pastor of Clare Assembly of God

  • Hymn History (Free Christian Music : Hyms and Hymnology Resources)  [hymnology: 40+ stories] Archives of weekly letter giving the stories behind hymns and carols

  • Hymn Stories (Free Christian Music : Hyms and Hymnology Resources)  [lyrics; hymnology; Anglican] St. Peter's Church (Nottingham, England) on-line magazine.

  • Hymn Studies (Free Christian Music : Hyms and Hymnology Resources)  Brief articles by Wayne Walker.

  • The Influence of John on Christian Liturgy (Free Christian Music : Hyms and Hymnology Resources)  Article by Gail Gresser and Felix Just, S.J. on liturgy and liturgical music.

  • The Past Returns to the Present (Free Christian Music : Hyms and Hymnology Resources)  Article describing archaic British hymn-singing practices that survive in London's West Indian churches.

  • Praise: The Melody of Religion (Free Christian Music : Hyms and Hymnology Resources)  (paper by A.P.W. Fraser) History of psalm tunes, from the Reformation to the current use of the Free Church of Scotland.

  • Reporter Interactive (Free Christian Music : Hyms and Hymnology Resources)  Includes 100+ stories and lyrics: no index available, but site search for "History of Hymns".

  • Singing the Lord's Song (Free Christian Music : Hyms and Hymnology Resources)  A History of the English Language Hymnals of the Reformed Church in America, by James Brumm. [PDF]

  • Singing the Psalms (Free Christian Music : Hyms and Hymnology Resources)  History of the Psalms in Christian worship.

  • The Story of Our Hymns (Free Christian Music : Hyms and Hymnology Resources)  Select chapters [Adobe Acrobat Reader format] from book by E.E. Ryden, featuring hymnody in the early church and in Germany; references to "Lutheran Worship".

  • Towards a Better Hymnody (Free Christian Music : Hyms and Hymnology Resources)  Pamphlet by Frank J. Funston, calling for attention to appropriately selecting and using hymns.

  • Wesleyan Theological Journal (Free Christian Music : Hyms and Hymnology Resources)  Index of journal by year.

  • Worship Map: Worship (Free Christian Music : Hyms and Hymnology Resources)  Indexes and links on the use of music and psalms in worship.

  • Yale Divinity Library Exhibit: From Psalm Book to Hymnal (Free Christian Music : Hyms and Hymnology Resources)  Illustrated article based on museum exhibit of items from the Lowell Mason Collection.

  • Bob Jones University Catalog: Church Music Courses (Free Christian Music : Hyms and Hymnology Resources)  Church music curriculum.

  • The Victorian Web: The Victorian Hymn (Free Christian Music : Hyms and Hymnology Resources)  Articles on the attitude of various denominations towards hymns, and individual hymn authors.

  • Yale Divinity Library: Tips for Hymnody Research (Free Christian Music : Hyms and Hymnology Resources)  Guidance for tracing reference works.

  • Hymn Story Programs (Free Christian Music : Hyms and Hymnology Resources)  (4 commercial programs: online order)

  • Singing the Faith Worship Programs (Free Christian Music : Hyms and Hymnology Resources)  [5 programs: Lutheran traditions]

  • Book of Praise of the Canadian and American Reformed Churches (Free Christian Music : Hyms and Hymnology Resources)  Includes psalm tunes and lyrics; confessions and church order.

  • Handbook to the Evangelical Lutheran Hymnary (Free Christian Music : Hyms and Hymnology Resources)  E-text of work in progress.

  • The Hymnal 1916 (Free Christian Music : Hyms and Hymnology Resources)  [complete lyrics; MIDI and sheet music for most tunes; Episcopal; hymnals; indexes] (American)

  • The Hymnal, 1982: Large-Print Edition (Free Christian Music : Hyms and Hymnology Resources)  Includes lyrics, suitable for printing for vision-impaired users of this American Episcopal hymnal.

  • Hymns and Hymn Books (Free Christian Music : Hyms and Hymnology Resources)  Listings and history, concentrating on British Methodist hymnals.

  • New York Selection of Sacred Music (Free Christian Music : Hyms and Hymnology Resources)  Brief introduction and two page scans of tunebook by Samuel Dyer, from the Grace Doherty Library.

  • Presbyterian Church of Canada: Worship (Free Christian Music : Hyms and Hymnology Resources)  [hymnology; hymnals] about the newly edited Book of Praise and Book of Psalms.

  • Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals: Reforming Church Music (Free Christian Music : Hyms and Hymnology Resources)  Article advocating songs based on Biblical revelation and "recounting the drama of redemption."

  • Anti-Instrumental Music in the Worship of God (Free Christian Music : Hyms and Hymnology Resources)  8 books, article, reviews (Reformed Presbyterian perspective)

  • Christian Rock: Blessing or Blasphemy? (Free Christian Music : Hyms and Hymnology Resources)  Article favoring the latter.

  • In Support of the Regulative Principle of Worship (Free Christian Music : Hyms and Hymnology Resources)  A critique of Steven Schlissel's,'All I Need to Know About Worship, I don't Learn from the Regulative Principle.' by G.I. Williamson

  • John Calvin: Preface to the Psalter

  • Psalms and Hymns and Spiritual Songs (Free Christian Music : Hyms and Hymnology Resources)  Article from Machray Review, criticizing attempts to edit classic hymns for "inclusive language", and to replace traditional Anglican liturgical music with pop formats.

  • Reformation Worship, the Regulative Principle, Iconoclasm (Free Christian Music : Hyms and Hymnology Resources)  Resources on Biblical worship. Covers Psalm singing, the use of musical instruments, and answers recent attacks against the regulative principle of worship.

  • What shall we Sing? (Free Christian Music : Hyms and Hymnology Resources)  Article advocating more thoughtful hymns.

  • The Worship of God (Free Christian Music : Hyms and Hymnology Resources)  Many articles on reformed worship. Authors include Thomas Boston, Jonathan Edwards, Charles Hodge, John Murray, and G.I. Williamson. From the Presbyterian Reformed Church.

  • Hymn Collection of John Rylands (Free Christian Music : Hyms and Hymnology Resources)  At University of Manchester, UK: 60,000 hymns collected for editing "Hymns for the Church Universal," 1885.

  • The Hymnal Attic (Free Christian Music : Hyms and Hymnology Resources)  Roger Hicks, personal collection: complete catalog; also bibliography of published articles.

  • Mennonite Historical Library: Hartzler Collection (Free Christian Music : Hyms and Hymnology Resources)  (3000+ books with a strong emphasis on American nineteenth century hymnody) General description of collection.

  • Regent University Library: Clark Hymnology Collection (Free Christian Music : Hyms and Hymnology Resources)  Brief summary with library contact information.

  • The Robert Guy McCutchan Collection of Hymnology (Free Christian Music : Hyms and Hymnology Resources)  [at Claremont] Brief summary; contact information.

  • Wheaton College Special Collections: Hymnals (Free Christian Music : Hyms and Hymnology Resources)  Online catalog.

  • Ausbund (Free Christian Music : Hyms and Hymnology Resources)  Article from the Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online.

  • Songs of Anabaptist Women (Free Christian Music : Hyms and Hymnology Resources)  English translations of all or part of several hymns by martyrs.

  • Singing the Old Old Story (Free Christian Music : Hyms and Hymnology Resources)  Article describing a new translation of parts of the Ausbund into English.

  • The English Hymnal (Free Christian Music : Hyms and Hymnology Resources)  A brief history, from St. Mary-the-Virgin, Primrose Hill, the parish where it originated.

  • The English Hymnal, 1906 (Free Christian Music : Hyms and Hymnology Resources)  Index with some lyrics at the Oremus Hymnal.

  • Hymnology: The English Hymnal, 1906 (Free Christian Music : Hyms and Hymnology Resources)  Article on its influence.

  • Preface to the English Hymnal, 1906 (Free Christian Music : Hyms and Hymnology Resources)  Musical Preface by Ralph Vaughan Williams.

  • Hymnology of Christians Known as Particular Baptists (Free Christian Music : Hyms and Hymnology Resources)  Includes specimen hymns and stanzas from Gadsby's Selection.

  • Prayer Songs (Free Christian Music : Hyms and Hymnology Resources)  Hymns about prayer, mostly drawn from Gadsby's Selection.

  • William Gadsby (Free Christian Music : Hyms and Hymnology Resources)  Brief biography and portrait.

  • Book of Praise of the Canadian and American Reformed Churches (Free Christian Music : Hyms and Hymnology Resources)  Includes complete Genevan psalter with tunes and English translations (PDF format).

  • Credenda: History of the Genevan Psalter (Free Christian Music : Hyms and Hymnology Resources)  Article from online magazine.

  • Genevan Psalter (Free Christian Music : Hyms and Hymnology Resources)  Features MIDI files for each psalm tunes, and for an original organ preludes based on it: sells sheet music of the preludes. [predominately Dutch site].

  • The Genevan Psalter (Free Christian Music : Hyms and Hymnology Resources)  Article by David T. Koyzis, including many MIDI files; original English metrical psalms set to the Genevan meters; links.

  • The Genevan Tunes: An Appreciation (Free Christian Music : Hyms and Hymnology Resources)  Article by Kim Riddlebarger.

  • Hymnology: Introduction to French Metrical Psalmody (Free Christian Music : Hyms and Hymnology Resources)  Article with 7 MIDI files.

  • The Origin of Our Psalm Melodies (Free Christian Music : Hyms and Hymnology Resources)  Article on the tunes of the Genevan Psalter.

  • Preface to the Psalter (Free Christian Music : Hyms and Hymnology Resources)  Translation of 1543 preface by John Calvin.

  • Werner Icking Music Archive: Claude Goudimel (Free Christian Music : Hyms and Hymnology Resources)  Includes over 50 scores [PDF format] of harmonizations of Genevan tunes: with lyrics in various languages.


  • The Genevan Psalter in Its Time (Free Christian Music : Hyms and Hymnology Resources)  Brief summary of conference

  • Ancient Hymns Get a New Setting (Free Christian Music : Hyms and Hymnology Resources)  Article on the release of "Common Praise."

  • Hymnology: Hymns Ancient and Modern (Free Christian Music : Hyms and Hymnology Resources)  A brief introduction.

  • Oremus Hymnal: Hymns Ancient & Modern, Standard Edition, 1875-1924 (Free Christian Music : Hyms and Hymnology Resources)  Includes a complete index with some lyrics.

  • A Brief Examination of Exclusive Psalmody (Free Christian Music : Hyms and Hymnology Resources)  Article by Brian Schwertley explaining and advocating exclusive psalmody for the Reformed Presbyterian church.

  • Exclusive Psalmody Homepage (Free Christian Music : Hyms and Hymnology Resources)  10 books, articles, sermons, tracts, including the Bay Psalm Book Preface, in support: Reformed Presbyterian Perspective.

  • Psalm Singing in Scripture and History (Free Christian Music : Hyms and Hymnology Resources)  Defends the use of exclusive Psalmody in public worship

  • The Westminster Directory for Worship and the Lining of the Psalms (Free Christian Music : Hyms and Hymnology Resources)  Repudiates exclusive use of "lined-out" psalmody. (at First Presbyterian Church, Rowlett: Blue Banner Web Site)

  • Musical Instruments in the Public Worship of God (Free Christian Music : Hyms and Hymnology Resources)  Criticizes this practice from a Presbyterian viewpoint.

  • Voices from the Past: Origin of Instrumental Music in Christian Worship (Free Christian Music : Hyms and Hymnology Resources)  Article by M.C. Kurfees supporting a cappella music exclusively in worship.

  • Continuous Singing in the Public Worship of God by David Steele (Free Christian Music : Hyms and Hymnology Resources)  Defends Lining-out of the Psalms from a Presbyterian viewpoint.

  • Caltech Christian Fellowship Chordbook (Free Christian Music : Hyms and Hymnology Resources)  [80+ lyrics with chords]

  • Digital Hymnal (Free Christian Music : Hyms and Hymnology Resources)  Offers a hardware device with accompaniment for 5,000 hymn tunes.

  • GuitarHymns: Familiar Hymns (Free Christian Music : Hyms and Hymnology Resources)  [80+ lyrics; tabs] includes performance tips.

  • Jack Mearl's Harmonica Page (Free Christian Music : Hyms and Hymnology Resources)  [instrumental: 100+ lyrics & harmonica notation; hymnology: 10+ hymn stories] (other music; lessons)

  • Project Hymnbook (Free Christian Music : Hyms and Hymnology Resources)  Forum containing guitar chords and lyrics for hymns and non-copyrighted Christian songs.

  • The American Local History Network - Bench and Bar (Free Christian Music : Hyms and Hymnology Resources)  (Hymn Links)

  • Canadian Hymnology Resource Page (Free Christian Music : Hyms and Hymnology Resources)  Maintained by Bruce and Cheryl Harding.

  • Church Music and other Christian Music (Free Christian Music : Hyms and Hymnology Resources)  Links at the Sibelius Academy.

  • Hymns: Now Be Honest! (Free Christian Music : Hyms and Hymnology Resources)  Includes several satirical looks at hymnic language and practice.

  • The Preacher and the Song Leader

  • Real Hymns (Free Christian Music : Hyms and Hymnology Resources)  "The hymns we'd really sing if we were honest."

  • Concordance to Hymnal: A Worship Book (Free Christian Music : Hyms and Hymnology Resources)  [Mennonite: sales as printed book or DOS program]

  • Gilead Software (Free Christian Music : Hyms and Hymnology Resources)  [commercial electronic indexes] Sells Hymnastics, including indexes for hymnals used by churches of Christ: Sacred Selections for the Church, 1960; Great Songs of the Church #2, 1973; Hymns for the Family of God, 1976; Songs of the Church, 1977; Great Songs of the Church, Revised, 1986; Praise for the Lord, 1992, 1997; Songs of Faith and Praise, 1994; Songs of the Church, 21st Cent. Ed., 1994; Sing a NEW Song, Vol. 1-6, 1992-97; Songs from the Journey, Vol. 1, 1996; Hallal Music: Singer's Worship Series 1-6, 1997.

  • Hymn Tune Index (Free Christian Music : Hyms and Hymnology Resources)  [] massive index of early hymn tunes, published by Oxford University Press; online queries; eventually to be an online index

  • Hymnals of the Stone-Campbell Movement (Free Christian Music : Hyms and Hymnology Resources)  Includes articles, illustrations, searchable database of over 9,000 hymns from 19 19th-century hymnals: with texts, page images, MIDI files, and historical information.

  • Lutheran Hymnal MIDI Project (Free Christian Music : Hyms and Hymnology Resources)  MIDI files, topical indexes from The Lutheran Hymnal, Lutheran Book of Worship, Lutheran Worship

  • New Apostolic Hymnal (Free Christian Music : Hyms and Hymnology Resources)  Includes lyrics, MIDI files, and copious indexes.

  • Together in Song (Free Christian Music : Hyms and Hymnology Resources)  Online indexes for this "Australian Hymn Book II" provided by HarperCollins Religious.

  • Visual Liturgy (Free Christian Music : Hyms and Hymnology Resources)  Includes index of hymns from "Hymns Ancient and Modern New Standard", "New English Hymnal", "Worship Songs Ancient and Modern."

  • Farsi Christian Hymns and Poetry (Free Christian Music : Hyms and Hymnology Resources)  Includes English translations.

  • Folk Songs, Hymns, and Gospel Songs (Free Christian Music : Hyms and Hymnology Resources)  [300++ midi & lyrics] German/English site

  • Gesangbuch.org (Free Christian Music : Hyms and Hymnology Resources)  Hymnody of the German Lutheran Reformation: texts, MIDI files, indexes to Zahn, Wackernagel, and English hymnals, with many English translations.

  • Himnes Cristians (Free Christian Music : Hyms and Hymnology Resources)  Christian hymns sung in the Protestant churches of Catalonia: Scores [PDF], text [Catala, German, Spanish, English] and biographies of 160 Christian hymns

  • Multilingual Hymns (Free Christian Music : Hyms and Hymnology Resources)  [60 midi & lyrics: Korean, Japanese, English]

  • SDA Hymnal (Free Christian Music : Hyms and Hymnology Resources)  Includes MIDI, guitar chords, MP3, lyrics (some in Spanish) and historical notes. Incomplete; accepts contributions.

  • Electronic Hymnal MessageBoard (Free Christian Music : Hyms and Hymnology Resources)  Forum.

  • C. Michael Hawn, D.M.A. (Free Christian Music : Hyms and Hymnology Resources)  (S.M.U. Professor) publication list, contact information.

  • Hymn Society in the United States and Canada (Free Christian Music : Hyms and Hymnology Resources)  [magazines; conferences; mail-order hymnals and hymnology books] Includes contact information, e-mail and US-mail addresses.

  • Hymnuts (Free Christian Music : Hyms and Hymnology Resources)  Links, indexes and Lutheren conference schedules.

  • Psalms and Other Scriptures (metrical versions)    - [400 lyrics; 100 midi; hymnology] Psalms from Isaac Watts, Tate and Brady, Sternholm and Hopkins, John Milton, Bay Psalm Book, and Joseph Addison; associated "common" hymn tunes; background information; metrical versions of other scriptures; hymns.

  • Church psalmist; or, Psalms & hymns for the public, social & private use of Evangelical Christians (Free Christian Music : Hyms and Hymnology Resources)  Page-facsimile edition from Making of America Books.

  • Index of Psalms in Human Life (Free Christian Music : Hyms and Hymnology Resources)  E-text of historical text by R.E. Prothero, originally published in 1903.

  • The Old Version & the related Tunes (Free Christian Music : Hyms and Hymnology Resources)  Article on the most widely used early English psalter.

  • The Paris Prose (Free Christian Music : Hyms and Hymnology Resources)  Introduction and texts of 50 psalms from this Latin/Old English psalter.

  • Psalm Paraphrases by John Milton (Free Christian Music : Hyms and Hymnology Resources)  1653 text at Renascence Editions.

  • Bless This House Song (Free Christian Music : Hyms and Hymnology Resources)  Recording of tenor Joe McPartland

  • Congregation Praise (Free Christian Music : Hyms and Hymnology Resources)  Includes songs recorded during services of the Reformed Baptist Church, Inverness, Scotland.

  • Heaven Sent (Free Christian Music : Hyms and Hymnology Resources)  [commercial: instrumental medley of LDS hymns] Arranged and Performed by Lenora Ford Brown

  • Nicolas de Grigny: Hymns (Free Christian Music : Hyms and Hymnology Resources)  [review] (a predecessor of J.S.Bach)

  • One-A-Chord (Free Christian Music : Hyms and Hymnology Resources)  (ladies' a cappella singing group) 2 cassettes of gospel songs.

  • PAVE Records (Free Christian Music : Hyms and Hymnology Resources)  [hymnals; commercial: instrumental accompaniment; free samples: 6 wav/ra] for "Seventh Day Adventist Hymnal"

  • Praise Service Accompaniments (Free Christian Music : Hyms and Hymnology Resources)  Sales of CDs for use in worship: accompaniment for hymns and carols; incidental music; voluntaries for pipe-organ.

  • Reformation Trust: Traditional Hymn Recordings (Free Christian Music : Hyms and Hymnology Resources)  [commercial: cassette only]

  • Thodur Einarson performing Icelandic hymns (Free Christian Music : Hyms and Hymnology Resources)  [6 wav] recorded 1939/11/11

  • Harmonia Sacra Hymns (Shape Notes) (Free Christian Music : Hyms and Hymnology Resources)  Includes several hymns reset using a shape-note font.

  • Isaac Watts Fan Club (Free Christian Music : Hyms and Hymnology Resources)  Includes MIDI hymn tunes from: many shaped-note books, some forgotten Mason and Hastings works, and original compositions.

  • New Harp of Columbia (Free Christian Music : Hyms and Hymnology Resources)  Plans for a reprint by the UT-Knoxville press; other NHC resources.

  • Northern Harmony, 1993 (Free Christian Music : Hyms and Hymnology Resources)  [hymnals; recordings] (commercial content) Information about a chorus, and an expanded reprint of an early-19th-century hymnal.

  • Recording Sacred Harp in Ottawa (Free Christian Music : Hyms and Hymnology Resources)  Features three MP3 recordings; discussion of recording techniques.

  • Rising Dove: Shape Notes (Free Christian Music : Hyms and Hymnology Resources)  Features extensive, searchable, downloadable database of recordings; singings and conventions in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed Area; links.

  • Sacred Harp, 1991 (Online Index) (Free Christian Music : Hyms and Hymnology Resources)  [indexes; hymnals] New edition of an early-19th-century American hymnal.

  • Sacred Harp and Shape-Note Music Resources (Free Christian Music : Hyms and Hymnology Resources)  Describes printed music, literature, recordings, and other resources relating to Sacred Harp singing and other shape-note music

  • Shape of Things To Come (Free Christian Music : Hyms and Hymnology Resources)  [Aiken 7-shape music] Brief history, 10 sample scores, facsimile of old music instruction book.

  • Shape-note Hymnals (Free Christian Music : Hyms and Hymnology Resources)  (checklist of books in the Rare Book Collection of Alderman Library University of Virginia)

  • Singing the Sacred Harp (Free Christian Music : Hyms and Hymnology Resources)  [reviews of recordings from the Library of Congress]

  • Southern Harmony, 1854 (William Walker) (Free Christian Music : Hyms and Hymnology Resources)  [lyrics; indexes; MIDI; scores; shape notes; hymnals] Facsimile of this hymnal once popular in the southern United States.

  • Southern Harmony: Introduction to the 4th Edition (Free Christian Music : Hyms and Hymnology Resources)  Extensive historical article.

  • United Kingdom Shape-Note Page (Free Christian Music : Hyms and Hymnology Resources)  Includes links, calendar of events, and sales of books and recordings.

  • Cherubic Hymn of the Georgian Church (Free Christian Music : Hyms and Hymnology Resources)  Features an unusual harmonized chant from an Eastern Orthodox communion.

  • If I Have Not Love (Free Christian Music : Hyms and Hymnology Resources)  Offers a wedding song based on 1 Corinthians 13: free download, requested pay for use.

  • Jay D. Weaver's Hymns and Writings (Free Christian Music : Hyms and Hymnology Resources)  [9 original hymns] also worship aids, plans for worship services, and devotional writings.

  • Psalm Pages (Free Christian Music : Hyms and Hymnology Resources)  Includes original composed hymns and psalms modelled after the Grail Psalter [MIDI and PDF format].