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Ancient and Modern 2013
on 14 December 2013
Since I bought this book we've adopted it at our church. On the whole I like it, but sadly, in a number of cases, they've adopted modernised texts which seem to trivialise the versions we have come to know and love, eg No.70, "It came upon the midnight clear".
There are some surprising omissions of traditional hymns at the expense of modern material of doubtful quality. There are also some inaccuracies of attribution eg S. Wesley for S. S. Wesley, the latter being the son of the former, and for the tune "Saffron Walden" which appears in books published before the attributed composer was even born, and dates (eg W. W. How). My purely personal view is that a slightly less radical approach would have been preferable, leaving "Sing Praise" as a stand alone supplement. And what's wrong with the A&MR version of "Morning Hymn"?
This new A&M is a definite an improvement on Mayhew's offerings and, thankfully, avoids the worst of their banalities and textual "improvements" but I don't feel able to endorse it whole-heartedly.