A Common Book of Church Hymns: Divine Liturgy (Benedict Sheehan, Editor) is a 238-page anthology of traditional chant melodies in the mainstream Slavic tradition, written on one staff, and arranged so that it may be sung satisfactorily by one, two, three, or four voices. This edition is the first volume in English that attempts to rival the existing Slavonic obikhods both in terms of comprehensiveness and in terms of easy adaptability to small ensembles or solo chanters.
A Common Book of Church Hymns: Divine Liturgy
From the Introduction by Vlad Morosan
The present collection addresses an essential and fundamental need: the availability, under a single cover, of practically all the hymns, unchanging as well as variable, necessary for the celebration of the Divine Liturgy in the English language, set to melodies that allow for an aesthetically pleasing and stylistically unified rendition by a single chanter—if only one is present—or by a small ensemble of singers. In this regard, it constitutes an unprecedented liturgical music resource on North American soil, which carries the potential of transforming the musical aspect of Orthodox worship in small missionary parishes or in established parishes with small choirs and in other situations of evangelistic outreach, such as prisons, hospitals, military units, and mission stations.
Benedict Sheehan, Editor
Hardbound, 238 pages
9 x 12 inches
Smyth sewn binding
Hard cover, cloth with foil stamp
2-part notation for small choirs