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Writing texts for hymns of our day is not easy. The language base has changed, and the rate of change is faster today than ever before. The global scope of subject matter is also wider than it has ever been. It is a challenge to writers to write hymns now that do not fall over the wall of propriety, but faithfully evoke sharp images and feelings as they examine the truth.
John Thornburg’s hymns meet this challenge. They are pungent and fresh, full of metaphor and imagery. His composer-partners Dan Damon, Amanda Husberg, Jane Marshall, and Thom Pavlechko, have written hymn tunes that underscore John’s verbal techniques accurately, while keeping the music singable for congregations. Each hymn is presented first as poetry, where Thornburg’s ability is most prominently displayed. Then it is included as interlined within music, in standard hymn format. Finally, each is printed in tune-line format, suitable for bulletin inserts.
Family of God is the most recent addition to the Abingdon Press Hymn Series.
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Jane Marshall has been known for many years for her anthems and for her choral conducting, which she still teaches at Perkins School of Theology, SMU. Also a poet and hymn tune writer, she is represented in many hymnals and served as a consultant to the committee preparing the 1989 United Methodist Hymnal. She is the author of Grace, Noted, a collection of homilies, poems, and lectures.
Jane holds holds Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from Southern Methodist University, where she has also served on the English, Music, and Seminary faculties. Her professional affiliations include membership in the Hymn Society of America, Mu Phi Epsilon, Pi Kappa, Lambda, The American Guild of Organists, and Choristers Guild Guild. She has also served on the Board of Directors of Choristers Guild. (3/05)
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Book Description Abingdon Press, 2008. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0687490898
Book Description Abingdon Press, 2008. Spiral-bound. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P110687490898
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