Rev. Dr. Mikie Roberts
Director, Provincial Hymnal Committee.
The historic publication of the first Caribbean Moravian hymnal – Caribbean Moravian Praise – is near completion. Upon completion of the hard cover hymnal, each congregation will also receive a database that will contain a reference to the hymn tunes. In this database the music for the new hymns will be provided.
However, in cases where the tune for the hymn is unchanged the actual music for that hymn will not be provided. Instead the database will indicate the name of the tune and the number of that hymn in the current music edition. By so doing, it is our desire that the new hymns will soon be incorporated into the congregation’s hymnal repertoire since the tunes will be at the congregation’s disposal.
Work on the musical edition has been ongoing and is in the advanced stages. It is hoped that its completion should be finalized within 12–16 months. The compilation of the musical edition entails giving attention to some details that are not required in the words only edition of the hymnal. For example, in addition to the authors and translators index, there must also be added an index for hymn tunes and composers as well as the alphabetical listing of the hymn
tunes. Furthermore, we have to once again negotiate with international copyright holders to secure permission for the
printing of the tunes for the hymns that are still under copyright.
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