TO GET STARTED PLANNING YOUR MUSIC, FIND A HYMN:
The above link will take
you to an alphabetical list that you can click on to find hymns by the first
word in their titles.
Then click on the hymn
name at the top of each page to find information about that hymn.
Under each hymn name is
a list of composers or arrangers who have written arrangements for that
particular hymn, plus other information.
Here you can see what hymn arrangements are available.
Click on the composers
name to find out about other pieces they have written, as well as publisher
information, etc., or click on the link below to find a composer/arranger:
An alphabetical list of
composers and arrangers.
By each name is listed
various works, publisher, and other information.
Click on the publisher
to find out where to order the book or go to the link below:
Here you will find
ordering information of music publishers: i.e., addresses, phone numbers,
e-mail addresses, and websites.
Thanks to all those who have helped
compile this resource list.
Ever wondered how many hymns were written by LDS
authors and composers, how many were written by non-LDS authors and
composers, or by both? Here’s an
What is a Hymn?
the dictionary, a hymn is “a song of praise or honor to God,” which should be our main motive and
objective as organists—to honor and praise our Savior Jesus Christ through
Basically, the hymn is made up of two parts--the text
and the music. Both go hand in hand to help us express our worshipful
thoughts and feelings towards our Savior, and to help the congregation feel
this, too, as they sing. Therefore,
the text helps convey the message through poetic words, and the music helps
create the feeling or nature of the hymn—from exuberant exaltation to quite
As organists, we deal mainly with the music, although
understanding and applying the meaning of the words to what we are playing is
What is a
As we search for appropriate music to play for church, often
we find titles of hymn arrangements or free accompaniments that we don’t
recognize, but we are familiar with the tune.
These titles are most likely "hymn tunes,"
which may or may not have been written with a particular text in mind, and is
the name the composer gave the music, and not necessarily the title the
author gave the text.
On page 401 of the LDS Hymnal, it states that a hymn tune
"may come from a family name, a place, or a word relating to the text
for which it was created."
Knowing what the tune name is for a hymn can help in planning your
music from "published sources outside of the hymnbook for use as prelude
music or special hymn accompaniments."
To help you find hymn tunes, see the list on right.
WHAT IS A FREE
Contrary to what the term implies,
a free accompaniment is NOT free music, so these pieces need to be
Basically, a free accompaniment is an
arrangement written in "free style" that is intended to be used
with congregational singing on various verses of the hymn.
Usually, the congregation sings in unison
when the free accompaniment is played. It is intended to be an added touch to
inspire and enliven singing.
However, use free accompaniments
with caution. Make sure your priesthood leaders and the congregation know
ahead of time what you are doing, or they will probably be confused as they
sing. Advanced notice on how to sing
the hymn can be printed in the program: i.e., first and second verse, parts;
third verse, unison--so that everyone is aware of how they will be singing.
to have my own list of available hymn arrangements and free accompaniments
for each hymn led me to compile this resource list in 1993. Click here for more information. –DeeAnn Stone)
PLANNING MUSIC FOR WORSHIP SERVICES
Alphabetical list of LDS
hymns and the corresponding hymn tune.
If you only know the name of the hymn, this list is helpful in finding
the name of the hymn tune.
list of hymn tunes with the corresponding LDS hymn.
If you have
an arrangement that has a hymn tune title, this list is helpful in
determining the name of the LDS hymn.
List of keys with corresponding LDS
When planning music for Church, it is
helpful to know which key the hymns are in so that you can modulate from one
key to another or play music with keys that are compatible.
list of the texts of the LDS hymns.
text in mind is helpful in planning and playing the hymns.
discussion of what meters are and how to use them in planning music.
alphabetical list of various topics with corresponding hymns.
which hymns fall under a given topic is helpful in planning music around a
the title of the hymn will take you back to the list of arrangements and free
accompaniments for that hymn.
And so, we’re
back where we started.
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