This is an iPad edition of the hymnal Glory to God: Hymns, Psalms, & Spiritual Songs, with razor-sharp music, powerful search capabilities, sample piano recordings of hymns, interesting information about hymns and their authors, and the ability to access several different versions of hymns including pew, accompaniment, large print, projection, lead sheet, and instrumental (strings, brass, and woodwinds).
This free app includes the pew version of all 235 of the public domain hymns in Glory to God: Hymns, Psalms, & Spiritual Songs, including favorites such as “Love Divine, All Loves Excelling,” “Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing,” and “Take My Life and Let It Be.” You can add various editions of the hymnal, which include copyrighted as well as public domain hymns, with in-app purchases:
• Pew $19.99
• Large Print $24.99
• Accompaniment $49.99
• Accompaniment with FlexScores $99.99
• Alto Sax Edition, $24.99
• Bass Edition, $24.99
• Bassoon Edition, $24.99
• Cello Edition, $24.99
• Clarinet Edition, $24.99
• Flute Edition, $24.99
• Horn Edition, $24.99
• Oboe Edition, $24.99
• Tenor Sax Edition, $24.99
• Trombone Edition, $24.99
• Trumpet Edition, $24.99
• Tuba Edition, $24.99
• Viola Edition, $24.99
• Violin Edition, $24.99
For each hymn there is a page of information that may include a description of the hymn, a brief biography of the author or composer, and information for worship leaders such as performance suggestions and available arrangements. A brief audio clip is also available.
The search box allows you to search for hymns by first line, author, composer, topic, or scripture passages quoted or alluded to. A handy keypad lets you jump immediately to a hymn by number.
The Accompaniment with FlexScores edition includes everything in the other editions and adds our revolutionary FlexScores for most of the hymns. These include large print, lead sheet, projection, and instrumental versions. Users are able to adjust the music and text size of the scores and transpose them.
The versions offered for FlexScores include accompaniment, pew, lead sheet, projection, violin, viola, cello, bass, flute, clarinet, oboe, bassoon, alto saxophone, soprano or tenor saxophone, horn, trumpet, trombone, and tuba. For the instrumental versions, the music is transposed into an appropriate range and displayed in an appropriate clef for the instrument. The projection version enables you to connect the iPad to a projector and project hymns onto a screen.
A network connection is required to play audio samples and view FlexScores.
Note that while editions (such as the Pew Edition or Accompaniment with FlexScores Edition) of the hymnal can be transferred to other devices, individual FlexScores -- both the $1.99 and $9.99 versions -- cannot be transferred to other devices.
- The screen will not sleep while the app is in the foreground
- Fixed a bug in iOS 10+ that caused the hymnal number picker to appear out of place
Ratings and Reviews
No support and troubling problems
I waited four days for a response to my issues. No response. Various hymns do not display. Screen freezes regularly on IPad Pro. I have bought this hymnal twice because after about a month the first one came up showing as the free version and required me to pay again. If this was a $5 app this would be less angering but at $20 we should at least get customer service to get issues like these resolved. I have $40 invested in this and still bugs and hymns that are not available
Developer Response ,
We are sorry to hear about your issues with the app, but happy to report that we have listened to complaints such as yours. We have increased our resources spent on tech support, and we have just now started reading and responding to these reviews here. We have provided tech support in the past, but we hope to do better in the future. Also, feel free to email me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. While I'm not a tech support person, I'll be sure that someone responds to your email.
Poor performance and support
I have bought the accompanist edition of this hymnal and repeatedly tried to download and use it. On one or two occasions it has worked, briefly. Every time, after a use or two, the app "forgets" I have paid for it and demands that I buy it again. I have tried deleting and reloading to no avail. I would mind less if the pew edition were more reliable, but it is not. I have asked for support and gotten no response whatsoever. The developers are definitely ripping off the users. The formatting is the only reason to give any stars at all.
Developer Response ,
In terms of the app ‘forgetting’ the paid subscription, we do not believe this is an issue. We’ve not been able to duplicate this error in testing, and we’ve heard no other complaints since this one was posted. We apologize for the problems you’ve encountered. We have done an update on this app and corrected several issues. In terms of the tech support, Hymnary.org is a small, non-profit organization with limited resources. Providing tech support is a challenge. However, we realize the importance of this and have increased tech support resources.
I love the flex score technology. I just wish they had applied it to a different hymnal. I'm hoping the developer expands is line. Maybe they could do a version Praise Him or Lead Me Guid Me.
If you want to see how flexscores work before making in app purchases...check out the developer website. You will be impressed
Developer Response ,
Thanks for your review. We are working hard at adding more hymns, more hymnals, and more apps. The apps require permission from the the publisher, and it's often difficult to reach an agreement with the publishers. This isn't the only issue, but it is often a significant obstacle. We are excited about several new projects on which we are currently working. Stay tuned.
- Christian Classics Ethereal Library
- 79 MB
Requires iOS 7.0 or later. Compatible with iPad.
- Age Rating
- Rated 4+
- © 2019 Hymnary.org
- In-App Purchases
- Pew Edition $19.99
- Accompaniment Edition with FlexScores $99.99
- Accompaniment Edition Hymnal $49.99
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.