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Tips and Techniques for Creating Hymn-Based Organ Settings

By Donald Rotermund

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Tips and Techniques for Creating Hymn-Based Organ Settings. Methods & Educational Resources. Worship, Instructional, Improvisation and Play Along. Instructional book and accompaniment CD. With standard notation and instructional text. 278 pages. MorningStar Music Publishers #90-33. Published by MorningStar Music Publishers (MN.90-33).

Item Number: MN.90-33

This book gives organists the techniques necessary to create a variety of pleasant settings based on the notes of the hymnal harmonizations. The hymnal serves as the basic printed resource for taking something "off the page." Each self-directed chapter treats a different technique, and it's not necessary to work through the chapters in order. Combining techniques or options within the same setting is frequently possible. One may also use contrasting techniques to develop longer settings. An accompanying CD introduces each technique with examples and relevant comments. Spiral bound.

  • Tuning In 
  • Echo Phrases 
  • Rhythmic Subdivision of Bass Notes 
  • Alternating Inner Voices 
  • Changing Meter 
  • Filling-in Ascending and Descending Intervals 
  • Changing Textures 
  • Pedal Points & Bourdons 
  • Antiphonal Phrases 
  • Parallel Alto Intervals: Diatonic 6ths (3rds and 10ths) 
  • Parallel Alto Intervals: Diatonic 4ths 
  • Parallel Treble Triads 
  • Mini Toccatas 
  • CODA Versets 
  • Appendices 
  • Appendix A: Abbreviations and Symbols Used to Identify Techniques 
  • Appendix B: Hymntunes Suggested in the Try This Sections 
  • Appendix C: Hymntunes Used ti Demonstrate the Techniques 
  • Appendix D: Techniques Listed with Their Potential Uses 
  • Appendix E: Some Newer 20th-Century Hymntunes with Suitable Technques Indicated 
  • Appendix F: Examples Demonstrated on the Accompanying CD 
  • Reference Symbols for Use in Your "Organist's Hymnal" 

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