The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #93597   Message #1803794
Posted By: Burke
07-Aug-06 - 04:39 PM
Thread Name: What makes a good hymn?
Subject: RE: What makes a good hymn?
A memorable, singable tune.

A really good hymn has music that reinforces & helps picture the words.
Examples that come to mind quickly
Crown Him with many Crowns/Diademata
A Mighty Fortress
O sacred Head, now wounded/Pas­sion Chor­ale

Can be written for a specific time, place, event, but it needs to have a certain timelessness to it. I think this means correct grammar & syntax, avoid slang terms.