Choir Practice by José Gallegos y Arnosa A.D. 1886 (Credit: Crisis Magazine)

Why Traditional Hymns are Superior to Modern Ones

. . .I’m sometimes accused, when I write about bad hymns, of wanting to impose a single style upon everyone.  That’s strange.  It’s like saying that all classical music sounds the same; Bach, Brahms, Dvorak, Debussy, all the same.  I point out that the hymns in a good hymnal were composed over a period of 1,600 years.  I say that their melodies come in a staggering variety: medieval chant (The Golden Sequence), German chorale (Christ Lag in Todesbanden), American revival songs (“Great Is Thy Faithfulness”), English anthems (Silver Street), French carols (Quem Pastores), & so on.  A folk melody from Ireland is not the same as one from Wales, let alone Poland. . .

by Anthony M. Esolen, Ph.D.,

of Crisis Magazine

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