Introducing a New Series

Posted by in General News, Hymn Playing on Mar 07, 2011. 0 Comments

The Hymn Accompaniments for Congregational Singing (working title) series is being introduced to the WardOrganist.com catalog as a resource designed to provide LDS organists with creative and interesting organ accompaniments for hymn singing. Each accompaniment has certain features in common:

  • Hymn accompaniments are printed on three staves like traditional organ music.
  • Scores are fingered and pedaled throughout (providing a model for correct organ technique).
  • Each verse receives its own treatment.
  • Accompaniments begin with an introduction that presents the hymn tune in an interesting manner.
  • Optional interludes may also be included.
  • The first verse is generally presented in traditional 4-part writing. The three upper voices (soprano, alto, and tenor) are divided between the hands, while the lowest voice (bass) is assigned to the feet.
  • Other hymn playing techniques may be included in subsequent verses.
  • Alternate harmonizations are generally included and tailored to the style and use of the hymn (always written to enhance the message of the text).
  • Registration suggestions are provided for individual verses.

We hope that this series will aid you in providing meaningful accompaniment to congregational hymn singing during weekly sacrament meetings. May you find joy in magnifying your calling as ward organist.

Last update: Feb 15, 2012

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