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  • n. Plural form of hymnbook.


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  • When pianos and organs became common in churches, a capella singing began to disappear, along with the complicated harmonies in the old hymnbooks.

    Shape-Note Singing Lives On Through Small Dedicated Following

  • Cook's group of more than a dozen interested singers sat facing Cook as the song leader, holding wide-page hymnbooks filled with notes in the shapes of open and solid squares, diamonds, triangles and ovals.

    Shape-Note Singing Lives On Through Small Dedicated Following

  • The songs may have archaic, cryptic names such as "Old Hundred," better known in many hymnbooks as the doxology; "Amazing Grace" appears in shape-note books as "New Britain."

    Shape-Note Singing Lives On Through Small Dedicated Following

  • It means, in effect, not having to replace all the music in the loft and buy new hymnbooks with the new texts.

    Sung Settings of the Mass Ordinary, New ICEL

  • Many parishes have made the huge mistake of carpeting their church space because someone on someone on some know-nothing committee thought that the carpet made the place feel warmer and friendly — like a living room — and perhaps too, someone found the echoes of children crying or hymnbooks dropping to be annoying.

    Rip up those carpets!

  • One thing speakers of English can be thankful for is that most of their hymnbooks do not contain any words to use to the tune of Jingle Bells ... or the music.

    Deliberations on O Holy Night « Unknowing

  • Though abstract theology, wooden benches, and dusty hymnbooks appear to be a thing of the past, many Americans today are still searching for something to shake them out of the ruts and mediocrity of so much of their daily existence.

    God Attachment

  • When Pastor Doe announced Blessed Assurance, everyone opened their hymnbooks except me, Vicky, and Eunice.

    The House at Sugar Beach

  • Here endeth the lesson if you would all rise and turn your hymnbooks to page 666.

    Cheeseburger Gothic » Another day of arse.

  • Two much greater composers also turned to this last song: Lassus drew on it in his four-part lied Die Gnad kombt oben her, and Schein published in his Cantional of 1627 a contrafactum, Auf meinen lieben Gott, which later found its way into Protestant hymnbooks, leading in turn to countless arrangements over many years.

    Archive 2009-06-01


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