A Panaroma of Christian Hymnody by Erik Routley
Edited and expanded by Paul A. Richardson
Released July 2005
Catalog no. 660-001 (Hardcover, 728 pp.)
Price $55.00 (U.S.)
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In this new edition of A Panorama of Christian Hymnody, Paul Richardson sustains Eric Routley's initial threefold purpose: "to provide pleasure [of hymn singing]"; "to support the teaching of hymnology"; and "to stimulate the editors of hymnals." This book contains invaluable information on the origins and history of Christian hymnody.
The texts of nearly 400 new hymns have been added to the original contents along with four new chapters that reflect the extensive developments in hymn writing since 1975. This book remains a most useful and entertaining volume for the church musician, hymnologist, musical historian, or anyone interested in the development of hymnody in its various forms.
Selah is pleased that almost all of its authors are represented in this collection with contributions from Edith Downing, Rusty Edwards, Gracia Grindal, Richard Leach, Herbert O'Driscoll, Joy Patterson, James Quinn, David Robb, Bill Wallace, and Rae Whitney.