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Hymns Amazing

Kevin Mayhew

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Hymns Amazing does what it says and provides the most amazing arrangements of fifty of the most popular hymn tunes that will have your congregation gasping in awe and admiration!
Fifty of the finest, like they've never sounded before, plus a prelude on every one!

Hymns Amazing does what it says and provides the most amazing arrangements of fifty of the most popular hymn tunes that will have your congregation gasping in awe and admiration!

Each has an introduction, alternative harmony, (as well as the original harmony so you don’t also need a hymn book on the music stand), an interlude before the last verse, a feel-good last verse harmony, plus these full-length preludes on the tunes.

An incredible 252 pages of glorious music.
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Product Code1450453
NameHymns Amazing
SupplierKevin Mayhew
AuthorJune Nixon
ISMN9790570422906
ISBN9781848678125
Barcode9790570422906
Short DescriptionHymns Amazing does what it says and provides the most amazing arrangements of fifty of the most popular hymn tunes that will have your congregation gasping in awe and admiration!
Pack Size1
Size254mm x 176mm
Count252 Pages
CoverSpiral
Date Published23 Oct 2015
Lead Time3 weeks (approx.) if out of stock
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Your congregation will be delighted. Review by American Organist Review
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The subtitle of this collection of hymn variants is "Fifty of the finest, like they've never sounded before, plus a prelude in ever one!" That about sums up this tremendous resource. The 50 include many of the more frequently sung hymns and even two Christmas carols. Nixon provides an introduction, a verse an alternative harmonization for the verse, an interlude to be used between stanzas, and a (usually thrilling) last verse. This "service" material is then followed by an original piece based on the hymn, a musette, Idyll, Variations, Fanfare, Vignette, Nocturne, Trumpet Tune, Berceuse, March, Badinage, etc., or just an improvisation. There is even a pastiche of "Jesu, Hoy of Man's Desiring" over ADESTE FIDELES. You will be truly amazed at June Nixon's inventive originality in treating such familiar material. June Nixon is the kind of organist of a church I'd like to attend! Your congregation will be delighted. (Posted on 22/02/2017)
Many organists will be pleased to have these ideas for different treatments of hymn tunes. Review by Duncan Watkins
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Fifty hymn tunes are presented with an introduction, standard harmonization, alternative harmonization, interlude, last verse harmonization and then a short piece based on the hymn. It is those short pieces that are most useful – described by the composer as intended as ‘preludes, postludes, interludes and processions, or to play the choir out before the final voluntary.’ They have a considerable range of approaches, seen in their movement titles such as Trumpet tune, Gavotte, Berceuse, Sarabande, Variations, Humoresque, Musette, Fanfare, Fugato, Ground bass, Tuba tune, Scherzetto and so on. Many organists will be pleased to have these ideas for different treatments of hymn tunes.
(Posted on 05/01/2017)
Truly amazing! Review by Dr Gordon Atkinson
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Dr Nixon, apart from providing last verse harmonisations has written preludes, postludes and processionals. In choosing hymn tunes associated with the Church Year one could say she has 'all bases covered'.

To quote Eric Routley, last verse harmonies must be done with 'restrained excellence, and without any sign of the congregation being thrown off course'. This is, assuredly, the case in these last verse harmonisations.

An Introduction to each hymn is given, alternative harmony for verses, an interlude leading to the final verse harmonisation. Concluding each hymn is a setting which can be played as a prelude, postlude or during the offering. Bagatelle, Berceuse, Musette, Nocturne, Fanfare, Trio, Trumpet Tune, these titles illustrate the variety of styles available.

Meticulously crafted, this collection fills a gap in the organist's armoury.

June Nixon's contributions to church music are well-known. Hymns Amazing is another pinnacle.
(Posted on 26/09/2016)
This should sit on every organ console in the country, no: the world! Review by Ross J Cobb - Director of music St Andrew's Cathedral
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Melbourne's June Nixon is probably the most respected and admired organist and choir trainer alive in Australia today.

This should sit on every organ console in the country, no: the world! However much a virtuoso you are, you will find an opportunity to use this book. June provides an introduction, the hymn itself (laid out neatly for manuals and pedals), sometimes an interlude or improvisation-which occasionally involves a modulation, and a last verse reharmonisation.

There are 50 hymns represented here, although you will not find any of the modern worship-song-hymns, such as Townsend or Getty material, which i suspect is for copyright reasons.

Everything is a model of taste and refinement. There is nothing here- unlike some of the written re harmonizations I have subjected poor congregations to- that would make the choir laugh out loud. Not that Dr Nixon's famous sense of humour is absent, far from it, as a brief glance at even the titles will indicate: Bandinage on Song 13, Bagatelle on St Fulbert, etc, and it is great fun to play the 'Pastiche on Adeste Fidelis' to lull the congregation into thinking that you are subjecting them to Jesu Joy again - a very clever little piece, with tongue planted firmly in the cheek.

Nothing outstays its welcome; making the congregation think the organist is overindulging, or trying to impress his visiting organist friends. Everything directs attention to the overall effect as dictated by the text of the hymn- no fanfares on ' Abide with me' here for example, unlike one volume I own!

I have just a few mirror quibbles: a couple of hymns and their variants are printed in two different keys, which to me seems a waste of space: better surely to have them in the lower key, for no congregation yet complained about hymns being too low. My congregation would certainly raise an eyebrow if I played Nun Danket in F though as it is here. I would rather have used the space for more of Dr Nixon's wonderful treatment of hymns such as Abbots Leigh - a hymn surly more in circulation that Elgar's Drake's Broughton: and one which I never heard sung in my life. Aside from wonderful Jesu joy/O Come all ye faithful; I don't think anybody is looking for another setting of 'Adeste Fideles nor Mendelssohn after dear Sir David cornered the market. I feel that way about people who set 'I was glad', but I digress.

The volume is also beautifully typeset, and spiral-bound to avoid note-clusters appearing during excited last verses. A niggle here is that there is no page-by-page indication of the extended hymn-treatments, so it could take a few frantic scrabbling around in mid-service to find the one you're looking for!

But you will and certainly should, be consulting it in every service you play for. There is so much expertise, practical common-sense and experience that has gone into this volume. We cannot afford for it to pass us by. Thank you Dr Nixon - you have done our congregations and our profession a great service. (Posted on 19/05/2016)
This is indeed something new and of considerable value to all church musicians Review by John Kirkham - Director of Music and Oganist
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This is indeed something new and of considerable value to all church musicians, in particular organists. The collection is unique in that each hymn comes with "play-over bars" - the ubiquitous introduction to the first verse. Well, singers will rise with alacrity on hearing the introduction to say, "Laudate Dominum" or "Praise my soul". Each is a musical gem in its own right, written in the brilliantly creative and, above all, in the musically and technically accessible Nixonian manner. The music within this conveniently spiral - bound volume - all 242 pages of it - speaks a high degree of craftsmanship, invention and musicianship. With alternative harmonisations, interludes and fanfares (try the exciting intro to Nun Danket) there are almost endless possibilities for organists to accommodate the material to their own needs.

Together with the two earlier volumes Organ Miniatures and Final Flourish - both like this one, published by Kevin mayhew - we have here at our disposal a rich music resource, one that could, in fact, serve as teaching material, church preludes or indeed, short postludes.
let me add these last words from, appropriately, the composer, who writes that "tasteful hymn accompaniments will endorse the words by lifting them into a dimension beyond themselves, and the aim of the organist is to stimulate (never to confound!) congregational singing."

Well, hymns Amazing certainly points the way.

(Posted on 08/04/2016)

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Badinage on Song 13 (Canterbury)
Bagatelle and Fanfare on St Fulbert
Berceuse on Cradle song
Consolation on Hereford: in D and E♭
Contemplation on Rockingham
Elegy on Capetown
Elegy on St Columba
Epilogue on Lasst uns erfreuen
Epilogue on Lobe den Herren
Fanfare on Nun danket
Fantasy on St Albinus
Flourish on Gelob’t sei Gott
Flourish on Württemburg
Fugato on Hyfrydol
Fughetta on St Thomas
Gavotte on Mendelssohn
Ground Bass on Iste confessor
Humoresque on Dundee
Idyll on Dominus regit me
Impromptu on Caswall
Improvisation on Dies Dominica
Intermezzo on Waltham
Intrada on Hanover
Invention on Saffron Walden
Invocation on Divine mysteries
March on St Helen
Meditation on Slane
Musette on Forest Green
Nocturne on Chartres (Angers)
Pastiche on Adeste fidelis
Preamble on Albano
Prière on Ravenshaw
Promenade on Nicaea
Recessional on Thaxted
Reflection on Ode to joy
Reflection on Richmond
Reverie on Blaenwern
Reverie on Gwalchmai: in F and G
Sarabande on Crimond
Scherzetto on Praise my soul
Sequence on Wareham
Semplice on Buckland
Soliloquy on St Bernard
Trio on Aus der Tiefe
Trio on Merton
Trumpet Tune on Carlisle
Trumpet Tune on Maccabaeus
Tuba Tune on Laudate Dominum
Variations on Drake’s Broughton
Vignette on Cross of Jesus

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