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Description

Glory to God is an iPad edition of the Presbyterian hymnal Glory to God, 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 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.

What's New

Version 1.4

Lectionary support
- View hymns related to the current, or future, lectionary weeks
- Hymns are organized by relation to scripture
- Tap on a hymn to jump to it in the hymnal
- Tap on the help button in the app for detailed instructions on how to use this new feature

Additional transposed FlexScore Editions
- Alto Sax Edition
- Bass Edition
- Bassoon Edition
- Cello Edition
- Clarinet Edition
- Flute Edition
- Horn Edition
- Oboe Edition
- Tenor Sax Edition
- Trombone Edition
- Trumpet Edition
- Tuba Edition
- Viola Edition
- Violin Edition

Minor bug fixes
- Tapping on a toolbar button when a popover is on the screen will close the current popover and open the one for the tapped button
- Increased the time the page number indicator stays on the screen
- Fixed a bug preventing stanzas from being customized in some circumstances
- Fixed a bug where scripture search results were not sorted by hymn number
- Fixed a bug where some search entries were showing up as "NULL"
- Improved error messages so they are more understandable

-(2/6/2018) New Hyperlinked table of contents indicating titles of hymns available and identifying which hymns are in the public domain and which hymns are copyrighted. The table of contents is hyperlinked to both the hymn itself (including words) and the tune associated with it.

Ratings and Reviews

Terrific resource, needs some tweaks

JK in ATL

This is a great tool for musicians, clergy, and people in the pews. It could be an excellent alternative for electronically-minded congregations.

The interface is simple, it's customizable (and in-app purchases allow those of us who aren't playing the piano or organ to get a less expensive version of the Accompaniment Edition), and makes good use of the electronic platform for things like FlexScores and MIDI previews of the hymn tunes (saves my musically-trained boss those calls from other pastors: "how does XYZ go again?").

Some suggestions:
1. MIDI previews are fantastic, but for longer tunes they fade out at strange places or start midway through the song. This feature may be the single best selling point for the app--whatever extra space is needed for the samples is WORTH IT!

2. Expand the search functionality to allow searching by hymn tune. One of the nice touches of "Glory to God" is how new texts are set to familiar tunes.

3. One of the best features of the paper edition is the Lectionary Index, which pairs hymn suggestions with each scripture reading in the Revised Common Lectionary. Can we get access to this somehow?

4. One of the changes in GTG is a significant amount of liturgical material at the front. Can this be added as well?

Developer Response

Thanks for your review. My response is actually quite similar to another review that was posted here. In terms of the midi files, we are restricted by copyright and can only provide a 30 second sample. If we could do more, we would. I'd encourage you to check out Hymnary.org and use the free search engine there. Unfortunately, most liturgical text and information is copyrighted. For some of hymns, this can be purchased (because we have to pay royalties on it) at hymnary.org. As for the lectionary index, this is something on our radar. I'm not sure what, if anything, will be done, but the use of the church calendars was a highly reported suggested on a recent survey done by hymnary.org.

VERY helpful..just a couple of blips

Phledd

I would give this a 5!! I’m a Presbyterian pastor using this new hymnal in church, and having it on iPad really helps…especially with the search functions BUT there are a couple of things that need to be addressed: 1) the music function DOESN’T ALWAYS FINISH THE HYMN!. Sometimes it will stop 3/4 of the way through, especially if there’s a long musical introduction. PLEASE FIX THIS!!!! It’s VERY irritating when you’re trying to learn the hymn prior to Sunday. 2) The search function doesn’t cover the entire text; just first lines, titles, names, topics, scripture. I wish I could search by any word in the text or by metre, or by the RCL (“Proper 10”)

Developer Response

Thanks for you review. In terms of your concerns.
1) Due to copyright restrictions, we are only permitted to provide sample 30 second clips like you find on web sites that sell music.
2) In terms of the search features, you might try using the search feature on hymnary.org (which has this app, and the search could be limited to just this hymnal). Hymnary.org's search engine is free and far more powerful than what we can include in an app.

Helpful resource, but needs work.

revfrandearborn

As a pastor, I find the audio files helpful for listening to unfamiliar hymns I'm considering when it isn't convenient to get to a piano, and I've recommended it to interns and colleagues who don't play. Frankly, I prefer to sing from the bound hymnal so I can view the whole hymn without scrolling.

When I led a short retreat recently, it wasn't convenient to lug a keyboard, so I decide to use the iPad pew version. Some of the songs don't have a complete verse, so we just kept singing to the end a Capella, then I reset the audio for another verse. Better than nothing, but not very satisfactory. I read in not

Developer Response

All of the songs, to my knowledge, have the complete verses. Please email us if you find one that doesn't! I believe the problem here is that hymns that are on two pages are placed on top of one another rather than side by side. So, to get to the rest of the verse, you need to scroll down rather than across. This takes some getting used to. Email me at ccel@calvin.edu if you have questions.

Information

Seller
Christian Classics Ethereal Library
Size
52.2 MB
Category
Books
Compatibility
Requires iOS 7.0 or later. Compatible with iPad.
Languages
English
Age Rating
Rated 4+
Copyright
© 2017 Hymnary.org
Price
Free
In-App Purchases
  1. Pew Edition $19.99
  2. Accompaniment Edition Hymnal $49.99
  3. Accompaniment Edition with FlexScores $99.99

Supports

  • Family Sharing

    With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.

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