Hymnology

Hymnology Resources at Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society

SCOPE: Hymnology is the study of hymns. Hymns are sung by people
in worship in praise of the deity and for mutual and personal nurture.

INTRODUCTION to topic:

New Schaff-Herzog Encyclopedia of Religious Knowledge, vol. 5, pp. 424-432 (BR95.S4J277).

See also the article on Mennonite hymnology in Mennonite Encyclopedia, vol. 2, pp. 869-886, and vol. 5, pp. 409-411 (BX8106.M37).

MAJOR BOOKS dealing generally with topic:

Albert Edward Bailey, The Gospel in Hymns: Backgrounds and Interpretations (BV312.B3)

William J. Reynolds and Milburn Price, A Survey of Christian Hymnody (ML3186.R5 1987)

Erik Routley, A Panorama of Christian Hymnody (G-4-12, Ressler Collection)

Erik Routley, The Music of Christian Hymns (ML3186.R69)

J.R. Watson, The English Hymn: A Critical and Historical Study (BV312.W38 1997)

Henry Wilder Foote, Three Centuries of American Hymnody (ML3111.F6).

DICTIONARIES AND INDEXES:

John Julian, A Dictionary of Hymnology (BV305.J8)

D. DeWitt Wasson, Hymntune Index and Related Hymn Materials (ML3186.W2 1998)

Nicholas Temperley, The Hymn Tune Index: A Census of English-Language Hymn Tunes in Printed Sources from 1535 to 1820 (ML128.H8T46 1998)

Katharine Smith Diehl, Hymns and Tunes: An Index (BV305.D5 1966)

Lloyd Zeager, Master Alphabetical Compilation of All Hymns Appearing in Mennonite Hymnbooks (BV412.A1Z4 1980).

BIBLIOGRAPHIES:

Keith C. Clark, A Selective Bibliography for the Study of Hymns (Z7800.C53 1980)

Martin E. Ressler, An Annotated Bibliography of Mennonite Hymnals and Songbooks, 1742-1986
(ML128.H8R37 1987).

Bibliographies can also be found in most books listed in this resource.

HYMNAL COMPANIONS/HANDBOOKS:

The Hymnal 1982 Companion, ed. Raymond F. Glover (ML3166.G56 1990)

Albert C. Ronander and Ethel K. Porter, Guide to the Pilgrim Hymnal (ML3162.R65)

Carlton R. Young, Companion to the United Methodist Hymnal (ML3170.Y68 1993)

Historical Companion to Hymns Ancient & Modern, ed. Maurice Frost (G-4-5, Ressler Collection)

Percy Dearmer, Songs of Praise Discussed (ML3186.D28)

Handbook to the Baptist Hymnal, ed. Jere V. Adams (ML3160.H33 1992)

Donald P. Hustad, Dictionary-Handbook to Hymns for the Living Church (ML 3186.H8)

Joan A. Fyock, Hymnal Companion, Prepared by Churches in the Believers Church Tradition (ML3161.F96 1996).

MENNONITE HYMNOLOGY:

Alice Loewen, et al., Exploring the Mennonite Hymnal: Handbook (ML3169.L63 1983)

Mary Oyer, Exploring the Mennonite Hymnal: Essays (ML3169.O9)

Lester Hostetler, Handbook to the Mennonite Hymnary (ML3169.H67)

Clarence Y. Fretz, Handbook to the Anabaptist Hymnal (ML3169.F73 1989)

Paul Marvin Yoder, Nineteenth Century Sacred Music of the Mennonite Church in the United States (ML3169.Y63)

Paul M. Yoder, et al., Four Hundred Years with the Ausbund (BV481.M4A84)

Ada Kadelbach, Die Hymnodie der Mennoniten in Nordamerika (BV412.A1K3)

Hymn Singing (ML3169.H95 1983).

See also Music in Worship: A Mennonite Perspective, ed. Bernie Wiebe (ML3169.M87 1998)

Marlene Kropf and Kenneth Nafziger, Singing: A Mennonite Voice (ML3169.K76 2001).

BOOKS ON CHURCH MUSIC with emphasis on hymns:

Friedrich Blume, Protestant Church Music: A History (ML3100.B5913 1974)

Brian Wren, Praying Twice: The Music and Words of Congregational Song (ML3270.W74 2000)

Donald P. Hustad, Jubilate!: Church Music in the Evangelical Tradition (ML3100.H87)

Winfred Douglas, Church Music in History and Practice (ML2900.D74C4 1962).

HYMN LEADERSHIP MATERIALS:

Paul Westermeyer, The Church Musician (ML3001.W5 1988)

James Rawlings Sydnor, Hymns and Their Uses (ML3000.S94 1982)

Erik Routley, Music Leadership in the Church (ML3000.R69 1984)

Glenn Lehman, You Can Lead Singing: A Song Leader’s Manual (MT88.L42 1995)

Martin E. Ressler, A Study in Music Appreciation (ML3169.R47 1979).

CONTEMPORARY CHRISTIAN MUSIC discussed in

John M. Frame, Contemporary Worship Music: A Biblical Defense (ML3187.5.F73 1997)

Phil Christenson and Shari MacDonald, Our God Reigns: The Stories Behind Your Favorite Praise and Worship Songs (BV315.C47 2000)

Michael S. Hamilton, “The Triumph of the Praise Songs: How Guitars Beat Out the Organ in the Worship Wars,” Christianity Today, Vol. 43, No. 8 (July 12, 1999).

See also the chapter, “Some Demand a Driving Beat: Contemporary Worship Music,” in Brian Wren, Praying Twice: The Music and Words of Congregational Song (ML3270.W74 2000).

INCLUSIVE LANGUAGE IN HYMNS discussed in:

Brian Wren, What Language Shall I Borrow?: God-Talk in Worship: A Male Response to Feminist Theology (BR115.L25W74 1989)

Robin Knowles Wallace, Moving Toward Emancipatory Language: A Study of Recent Hymns (BV315.W37
1999).

PERIODICALS whose content is strong in hymnology:

The Hymn (Hymn Society in the United States and Canada)

Music Messenger (Christian Education Board of Lancaster Mennonite Conference).

ADDITIONAL MATERIALS may be found under these subject headings:

HYMNS

HYMNS-HISTORY AND CRITICISM

(Above headings are standard subdivisions under religious
denominations; i.e. MENNONITES-HYMNS; METHODIST CHURCH-HYMNS-HISTORY
AND CRITICISM.)

HYMNS, ENGLISH

HYMNS, GERMAN

CHURCH MUSIC

CHURCH MUSICIANS

HYMN WRITERS

SINGING

SHELF AREAS:

BV301-530

M2115-2146

ML3000-3354

A MAJOR COLLECTION is the library of Martin E. Ressler
(1922-1987). It includes extensive holdings on, but is not limited to,
Mennonite materials. It is housed in a separate room and is not
available for browsing unless accompanied by staff. Materials are
accessible via special card catalog.

4/2001