What's Coming to the CCEH
I would like to see all of the CCEL grow as a source for hymnody and
hymnology. I'll look for significant works, currently unavailable on the
web, in these categories:
- Hymn Texts
- Hymn Tunes
- History of Hymnody
- Literary analysis of Hymns
- Musical criticism of Hymn Tunes
Projects that are currently underway include:
- Indexing the MIDI files (and other musical content) from the
200 MIDI Files.
- The Winkworth Verse Works, Fourth Version, comprising over 400 texts
and 120 tunes, is waiting for publication at CCEL and at Gesangbuch.org
(the latter also including some German source texts). A future edition may
include MIDI files for the
Chorale Book for England.
- Benson's The English Hymn is scanned and almost proofed.
- The Hymnal (1916,
Episcopal): text is complete, but some lacks some MIDI files.
- The Cathedral Psalter (Anglican Prayer Book psalms and
canticles, with Anglican chants) needs a text (probably available on the
net) with hand-pointing; but the chants have been sequenced.
- Sweet Singers of Wales is close to publication.
- MIDI files specifically conformed to the arrangements in several
hymnals of the Christian Reformed Church are under development.
Specific works that have been identified as desirable, and for which
scannable versions are available, include:
- James Montgomery's Hymns
- Hymns Ancient and Modern, Historical Edition (1909)
- The Church Hymnary, 1927 revision (tunes added in 1927 may
still be under copyright, but material from the prior edition can
- The Methodist Hymnal (1915) and more of Nutter's
Hymns and Hymn Writers of the Church,
which serves as a companion to it.
These works are available for scanning. They are lower on my priority
list, but might move up if interest was expressed, are:
- Price, 101 Hymn Stories (not the same as the Osbeck book!)
- Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (simply too big a project)
- Moravian Hymn Book, 1912
I'd consider scanning other works made available to me for that purpose;
or helping proof, markup, or sequence MIDIs on other projects.
I'm happy to see the Oremus Hymnal
project taking on Anglican hymnals including the 1906 English Hymnal,
which would otherwise be on my short list. The Lutheran Hymnal Project is
similarly addressing hymnals in the American Lutheran tradition. I want to
avoid duplicating effort, and will encourage collaboration and content
sharing or hosting. Please contact me if I can
help in any way, or if you'd like to contribute