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The Art of Hymn Playing: 250 Introductions, Preludes, Free Accompaniments, & Alternate Harmonizations 2nd Edition

By Charles E. Callahan Jr.

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The Art of Hymn Playing: 250 Introductions, Preludes, Free Accompaniments, & Alternate Harmonizations 2nd Edition composed by Charles E. Callahan Jr. (1951-). For organ. This edition: 2nd edition. Easy to Medium. Published by MorningStar Music Publishers (MN.10-597).

Includes a Bonus CD! Charles Callahan is not only known as a respected composer and recitalist, but is also known as a creative church musician. His years of leading worship from the console are reflected in this expansive collection of useful pieces. 'The Art of Hymn Playing' contains over 250 introductions, preludes, alternate harmonizations, and free accompaniments. This collection will stay on the organ console of organists for many years to come.

Tunes Included:
Ar hyd y nos
Aus der Tiefe rufe ich/Heinlein
Austria/Austrian Hymn
Beach Spring
Christe sanctorum
Christus, der ist mein Leben
Consolation/Morning Song
CWM Rhondda
Darwall's 148th
Deo gracias/Agincourt Hymn
Deus tuorum militum
Duke Street
Ein feste Burg
Erhalt uns, Herr
Ermuntre dich
Forest Green
GerontiusvGott Vater sei gepriesen
Grosser Gott
He Leadeth Me
Herzlich tut mich verlangen
Hymn to Joy
In Babilone
Jesu dulcis memoria
Kum Ba Yah/Desmond
Land of Rest
Let Us Break Bread/Break Bread Together
Lobe den Herren
Love Unknown
Madrid/Spanish Hymn
Miles Lane
Mit Freuden zart/Bohemian Brethren
New Britain
Nun danket all und bringet ehr/Grafengurg
Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland
O Heiland, reiss die Himmel auf
O quanta qualia
O Waly Waly
O Welt, ich muss dich lassen
Old Hundredth
Old 124th
Pange lingua (mode 3)
Pleading Savior
Regent Square
Rendez A Dieu
St. Agnes
St. Anne
St. Catherine
St. Christopher
St. Columba
St. Denio
St. Flavian
St. Peter
St. Stephen
St. Thomas/Tantum ergo
Schonster Herr Jesu/Crusaders' Hymn
Sicilian Mariners/O DU FROLICHE/Sicilian Mariners
Simple Gifts
Sine Nomine
Song 13
Tallis' Canon
Ubi caritas
Unser Herrscher/Neander
Valet will ich dir geben/St. Theodulph
Veni Emmanuel
Wachet auf
Was frag' ich nach der Welt
Was Gott tut
Webb/Morning Light
Were You There
Westminster Abbey
Wie schon leuchtet
Winchester New
Winchester Old
Wunderbarer Konig

A CD is now also included of the composer playing several of these settings.


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  • 4

    Seattle WA
    Difficulty Level:
    Early intermediate
  • December 23, 2014 Useful addition to library

    I use this book to provide more variety to my hymn playing during services. I find some of the arrangements too easy, but I suppose it is good to thin it out sometimes. I like the harmonizations , I find them more interesting than the Hal Hopson ones. The Rawsthorne ones...

    are the best, but they can be a bit tricky if you're not a good sightreader. So this book would be a good teaching tool or set of reharms for more beginning organists. But it can also be useful to provide depth in a library of an advanced player, or more ideas for improving. One thing I do appreciate is that attention is paid so that there are no awkward page turns.

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  • 5

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  • July 27, 2012 Brilliant, practical, engaging

    I ordered both volumes, and I use these books every Sunday in a variety of ways: in addition to free accompaniments, there are many preludes, postludes, and interludes. I can play directly from the book, or use the material in combination with improvisation or other material. This is an excellent...

    investment for any organist, intermediate to advanced.

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    15 of 26 people found this review helpful.
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  • December 17, 2009 Hymn Arrangements for Beginning Organists

    This is a great resource for beginning church organists or those with limited skills. The pieces are exceptionally well written and range from 2 part voicing to more complex. It is meant as a graded guide to hymn playing. Most are arrangements of hymns but still could be used to...

    accompany hymn singing. The solid feeling of 4 part hymns is kept. While there are a few gospel hymns, most of the hymn tunes chosen are traditional.The introduction has helpful hints for successful hymn playing. The pieces vary in difficulty from level 1 - level 4. Most are level 2 or 3. There are some prelude settings. The writing varies to include canons, chorales and ornamented style with the hymn tune in various voices. The setting of BUNESSAN (Morning Has Broken) is beautiful and the 2nd settings of NEW BRITAIN (Amazing Grace) is wonderful for beginners. Organ teachers will find this a useful resource for teaching hymn playing.

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  • 5

    Graham, Texas
    Difficulty Level:
    Early intermediate
  • August 20, 2007 A Valuable Tool for Any Level

    I have found The Art of Hymn Playing to be a very helpful volume. It contains 2 settings for most hymn tunes, many of which are easy enough to be played with no practice. There are some preludes that require a little work, but this book would be an invaluable...

    tool for any church organist.

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