Calvin College recently ran an article about Nat Burns' work on Hymnary.org's new melodic search function. Calvin junior Nat (left), shown here with Hymnary.org founders Harry Plantinga (right) and Greg Scheer (center), brought the melodic search function from inception to completion during his summer internship. Read the whole article: Calvin student creates hymn-identifying Web site.
I added page scans for the 1906 Missionary Hymnal from the scanned version at Internet Archive. This is in part an test to see how it adding page scans from IA goes.
Summary: it works! It took some messing around for me to figure out how to get the images out of Internet Archive, how to convert them to a usable format, upload, etc. However, it can be done and it probably only takes an hour or two for a typical hymnal. There are hundreds more scanned hymnals at Internet Archive -- anyone interested in giving it a try?
Here are the top twenty most-published Christmas hymns, based on data from the Dictionary of North American Hymnology. The number following each hymn is the number of hymnals in which it was published in North America before 1979, according to the DNAH, plus about 40 hymnals published since then.
A shiny new feature has just been added to Hymnary's search capabilities: a new tool for searching tunes by their melody. If you've ever tried searching by incipit, you know that it is far from easy - you have to convert notes to numbers in your head, and if you drop a note or misremember a pitch, nothing comes up. This new tool aims to take the pain out of the process by letting you input your search melody directly in musical notation, with no mental gymnastics required! (Read all about how to use it here).
Over the next few days and weeks, Hymnary will be undergoing a number of changes as we merge our collection of hymn data with the extensive Dictionary of North American Hymnology.
On Wednesday, July 8, the Hymnary.org web site will be down for several hours as we import DNAH's over 1 million texts and nearly 5,000 hymnals. Afterward, our site will contain not only the added texts and hymnals, but also a number of new and revised features for viewing and searching the database.
Please note that the DNAH data may be incomplete or incorrect until we've had a chance to edit it, and some of the new features may not be fully functional yet. Thank you for your patience in this process!
You know you're a true hymn geek if the mention of John Julian's Dictionary of Hymnology quickens your heart. Well, true hymn geeks, you may need to sit down for this: Julian's Dictionary of Hymnology is online! The whole book has been scanned and uploaded to the Hymnary's sister site, CCEL. Right now, you can only browse the pages scans. To make this valuable information searchable, we need volunteers to edit the text.
It was recently pointed out that the Hymnary has no Canadian hymnals in its collection. Shame on us! Rest assured this is not due to an editorial bias. No, we simply haven't had anyone volunteer to enter those hymnals. Here are some Canadian hymnals that were suggested would be good additions to the Hymnary:
The Hymnary, 1930 - United Church of Canada
The Hymnary, 1971 - United Church of Canada
Voices United, 2007 - the present hymnbook of the UCC
The Book of Praise, 1918 - Presbyterian Church in Canada
The Book of Praise, 1972 - Presbyterian Church in Canada