Refrains: Now

Chuck King follows up on his previous post about the adding of new refrains to previously existing hymns; this time, he discusses the modern “hymn revival” trend and his views on the subject.

I actually have a greater problem with this practice, in its current form. And that is that without any significant improvement to the original, adding material to standard hymns forces those hymns into a pop song structure and undermines the structural intergrity of the original.

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2 comments on “Refrains: Now
  1. One of the best examples of this problem is The Wonderful Cross in which the inserted refrain interrupts the beautiful use of anadiplosis in When I Survey not to mention even leaving a stanza of the original completely out.

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