This collection of hymn settings in diverse forms and styles will serve you well throughout the church year. Some of these pieces may be used as preludes or postludes, while others may be used as hymn introductions and alternate accompaniments. Teachers who want to introduce hymn settings to students will find this a valuable teaching tool. This also a great resource for funeral service music.
During the 2014-2015 academic year, I gave myself a challenge to write at least one new hymn setting a week—my “52 in 52” challenge. This resulted in 55 short pieces (32 measures or less in most cases), written with piano and/or organ in mind, each written in the key found in most hymnals. As the year progressed it became increasingly difficult to come up with fresh ideas, but in the end I was surprised by the variety of forms and styles in the collection: free harmonization, counterpoint, jazz/blues, partita (variations), even a selection for the left hand alone! My hope is that church musicians will be able to use these little pieces in their own church contexts, adapting them as needed, and in their own homes for musical refreshment. Enjoy!
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