The Mid‐Twentieth Century, and the Hymn Explosion

Edited by J. R. Watson

in An Annotated Anthology of Hymns

Published in print June 2002 | ISBN: 9780198269731
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191600791 | DOI:
The Mid‐Twentieth Century, and the Hymn Explosion

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Contains 31 hymns from the time of the Second World War to the end of the twentieth century. It was a period of broadcast hymns on radio and then television, and also of some writers in the grand style, such as C.A. Alington. In the 1980s, following the pioneering work of Albert Bayly, there was a great flowering of new hymn writing by Timothy Dudley‐Smith, Fred Pratt Green, and others. Less orthodox hymns began to be written, such as ‘Lord of the dance’, by Sydney Carter. The book ends with Timothy Dudley‐Smith's alphabet hymn, beginning ‘All our days we will bless the Lord’, based on psalm 34, which is itself an acrostic.

Keywords: Bayly; broadcast hymns; Carter; Dudley‐Smith; Green; hymn explosion

Chapter.  13473 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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