Since I last posted 23 hymn-tune arrangements, mostly featuring original tunes by yours truly, I've been busy harmonizing some more. Here are the fruits of those efforts, with explanatory notes. Note, only about a third of this batch are my own melodies. The rest are existing tunes that I selected for hymn texts that I wrote.
this hymn for the Fifth Sunday after Easter.
this hymn on the "I AM" Christology of the apostle and evangelist John. At that time I thought I would rename it "EGO EIMI" (Greek for "I AM"), but since then I repented and restored the original title honoring Preus' hymn.
this hymn on a hymn-writers' Facebook page and solicited tune suggestions. I liked the tune, but I thought the harmony that came with it was a little pedestrian, so I went ahead and made my own arrangement.
this hymn on the Third Sunday in Advent.
this hymn on the four evangelists.
N.F.S. Grundtvig in an old book of hymns (texts without tunes) prepared for home devotions. At the time I was working on a similar collection, so I selected three of Grundvig's hymns and set them to original tunes. This one went with a Christmas tune which, in translation, begins: "Christmas with gladness sounds, joy abounds." It had a peculiar meter, which struck me as an exciting challenge. A second tune I wrote for a Grundtvig hymn is below (see UNCTION). The third, alas, I lost when I decided the text for which I wrote it was too weak for the collection, and deleted it from the book. I have often regretted that deletion, and now I wonder: If a composer writes a hymn tune on his computer and then deletes it without anyone ever hearing it, does it make music?
this hymn on the rich man and Lazarus.
this hymn about Jesus' double miracle of cleansing a leper and healing a centurion's servant.
this hymn on the 12-year-old Jesus' visit to the temple.
Here is the hymn I paired it with, for a no-longer-fashionable Sunday of the church year.
this hymn on fasting.
this hymn on the wedding at Cana, where Jesus turned water into wine.
this hymn about the slaughter of the innocents in Bethlehem.
this hymn on Jesus' miracle of the great catch of fish to this strange tune to a Communion hymn by the 16th-century writer Petrus Herbert. I think the tune caught my eye when Matthew Carver posted it on his blog with his translation of the hymn; he has drawn my attention to quite a few Bohemian Brethren artifacts.
In case you think harmonizing a paltry 15 tunes since that last batch is a sign of laziness, do understand that I am also madly midifying chorales with existing, public-domain harmonies that I also plan to use in my book. There are loads of them. I am only harmonizing tunes when I really must, either for copyright reasons, or because I can't find an arrangement I like, etc. It's nice to see the book taking shape at last!