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. You can also 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.
- Fix repeatedly downloading hymns
- Fix a display issue with previews
- Fix "one verse per page" setting
- Other minor interface improvements
The Glory to God app has been rewritten from the ground up to improve device support and performance. Additionally, FlexScore purchases can now be shared between devices running iOS 13+.
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Doesn’t serve purpose
I’m an organist who decided to purchase this hymnal so that I wouldn’t have to fuss with the two separate accompaniment books and could have it all in one place. However, this is not nearly as easy to use as other book or music reading apps. This has been a difficult hymnal to use in general because there are so many two-page accompaniments, and like in other apps such as iBooks or ForScore, I expect to see two pages at once when I shift to landscape orientation. That’s not the case in this app.
Additionally, I would like for it to turn pages for those two-page hymns like any other book, but instead, it turns to the next hymn when I tap on the side of the page (like in every other app) and not to the next page of the current hymn. It’s frustrating and not intuitive. For performing musicians who have limited time, apps with screens representing pages in a book should act like the other major apps do, not differently.
Finally, you can’t always see the entire page of a given hymn without scrolling. All of these are issues I had hoped would be solved by purchasing this app.
In other news, I LOVE the fact that I can quickly type in a hymn number to find it. Best feature.
I decided to give it a few weeks before I made this review, and since then I have, and I wish I hadn’t spent so much money on it now.
Terrific resource, needs some tweaks
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?").
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.
Helpful resource, but needs work.
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 email@example.com if you have questions.
- Christian Classics Ethereal Library
- 22.7 MB
Requires iOS 11.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
- Age Rating
- © 2020 Hymnary.org
- In-App Purchases
- Pew Edition $19.99
- Accompaniment Edition Hymnal $49.99
- Accompaniment Edition with FlexScores $99.99
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.