DouglasCorr Posted December 31, 2011 Share Posted December 31, 2011 Have you noticed that nowadays choir men come in two types; ones with massively muscular arms and less developed ones that, in procession, gasp for breath. Well, I think I have discovered the reason for this. This Christmas I received a Common Praise Hymnal (music edition) (CP) as a present. I noticed immediately that it felt like a lead bellows weight, as I staggered to lift it onto my music rack. It weighs in at 2 lbs 11 oz or 1222 gm! This just pushes the New English Hymnal into second place at 2 lbs 7 oz. From the olden days we have the English Hymnal at a comfortable 1 lb 11 oz. and Ancient and Modern Revised (AMR) at 1 lb 12 oz. I am obviously onto something here! But just what is going on? The English Hymnal has 728 hymns, however the New English Hymnal has only 541 hymns. Similarly AMR has 636 hymns and CP has 628. Hymns are clearly getting much heavier! I cannot explain why this, is as the English is simplified in the most recent hymn books. However I should warn that there appears to be exceptions to this trend. The Westminster Hymnal (WH) provides evidence of this, as even in paperback edition it provides only 291 hymns for 1 lb 4 oz, this results in 1.95 gm per hymn compared to 1.98 gm per hymn for CP; and this is in spite of mysterious factors in WH, as one would expect, that certain hymns do not have a tune!? More investigations are required.... Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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