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Thread #93597 Message #1804139
Posted By: Slag
08-Aug-06 - 01:38 AM
Thread Name: What makes a good hymn?
Subject: RE: What makes a good hymn?
First and foremost is good theology. If it is doctrinaly unsound but has a great tune, well it's a "great tune" but it's not a hymn. No matter what your denomination your hymnal should take into account doctrinal and denominational considerations.
As for the music, you're all undoubtedly way beyond me. What? Good rythm, toe-tapping stuff, a great bridge or chorus, something that lends itself to choral arrangements. How about a double fugue like Verdi's "Sanctus" in "Requiem Mass"? If the folks go home humming it, it's a good hymn!