Longtime reader Buick has some complaints about hymnal publishing:
Why would ANY publisher put out a hymnal without an author-index? It can’t be that big a deal to compile it, it would only occupy a few pages and it is SUCH a tremendous tool. I especially appreciate those that include the full name of the author or composer, date of birth and date of death (where appropriate).
And by the way, why don’t most hymnals have ANY dynamic markings in the hymns? The instrumentalists come in on the downbeat and play it the same speed, the same volume and the same expression from the first measure to the last. But it is hard to fault them when the publishers save ink and effort by omitting all dynamics from the musical notation. So, having vented, I ask again: WHY?
My guess for both questions: money, sloppiness, and the market doesn’t care (present company excluded, of course). That, and … as far as dynamic markings are concerned, the rapidly decreasing rate of music literacy in the demographics that most hymnals aim for means that dynamic markings and other aids to accompaniment would look like so many hieroglyphics to most church musicians. What’re all these spots on my music? And who you callin’ ritardando?Email this Post