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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.

What’s New

Version 2.8.3

- Improve loading speed

Ratings and Reviews

3.6 out of 5
9 Ratings

9 Ratings

JK in ATL ,

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?").

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.

ericledermann ,

Updated Review

Several items that were poorly conceived in the last major update were fixed — for instance not being able to view one verse at a time. The intuitiveness of the app is still an issue. Opening every time to the search screen is tiresome. I wish it opened to my last opened page, as it previously did. They also brought back the 10-key input for hymn numbers—why it was taken away is a wonder.

Thank you to the developers who responded quickly to fix the the new fixes. I’m still not entirely clear on why the major update was necessary. In any case, the app is once again useful for quickly pick hymns (and hear the tunes for those of us less musically educated pastors).

Developer Response ,

Our most recent update should address the open to last open page issue you mention here.

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Thanks for this feedback. We have an update coming later this week that should address your concerns. See what you think after the update and maybe you'll be tempted to change your review. We hope so! Thx.

PittOrgel ,

One verse per page doesn’t work in update - UPDATED

The latest update to the app still shows the option to view one verse per page, but the button is grayed out and can not be turned on. Specifically, I was trying with FlexScore Projection (melody) but I tried it with other views as well and it does not work with any of them.
UPDATE: The rollout of the updated app was really rough, but they have been very attentive to fixing all the problems. I appreciate them addressing all the issues.

Developer Response ,

Thanks for this feedback. We have an update coming later this week that should address your concerns. See what you think after the update and maybe you'll be tempted to change your review. We hope so! Thx.

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  • Family Sharing

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

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