The Baptist Hymnal (2008)
A collection of over 280 of your favorite hymns with full lyrics, full music scores and full organ accompaniment soundtracks. Perfect for the church musician or when you need accompaniment for singing or just for you to enjoy the beautiful organ music.
This app is for you if:
- you are a church musician and need to have the full music score and words for the hymns quickly, or
- you need full organ accompaniment for singing either alone or for a congregation, or
- you want to use your iPad as a hymnal during practice or performance, or
- you like to sing but forgot the words to the hymns, or
- you enjoy listening to the many favorite hymns, or
- you just want to have a useful hymnal on your iPad
This is the Hymnal app that you will treasure and enjoy using.
The music scores and lyrics are professionally typeset (not just scanned) with full 4-part harmony (not just the melody line). Every page is sharp and clear - just like what you would expect on a printed page.
The user interface has a clean look, not cluttered or distracted with fancy, but unnecessary, graphics, and it is extremely easy to use. You can quickly and easily find the hymn that you want either by hymn title, first line or hymn number. You can also swipe to go to the next/previous song by number, title or bookmark, or zoom in for larger notes and texts.
The organ recordings are professionally done and are perfect for use as accompaniment during sing-alongs, or just for you to sit back and enjoy the music. The hymns are performed by a 30+ year experience church organist and pianist.
- High resolution, professionally typeset music score and lyric
- Beautiful organ soundtracks
- All music scores have full 4-part harmony - not just the melody line
- Alphabetical index for easy selection of songs by title or first line
- Numerical index for easy selection of songs using hymn numbers from the The Baptist Hymnal (2008)
- Easy search capability for song title, first line, or song number
- Create and manage your own bookmarks of hymns
- Swipe gesture to go to next/previous song. Next/previous song sequence selectable by number, title or bookmark
- Zoom to larger notes and texts in landscape mode
- Fast page turn with a single touch on the screen for multi-page songs
- Option to disable the sleep timer
- The app opens up immediately to the last opened hymn
- There are hymns in this collection that are not in the printed hymnal
- No Internet connection is required to view or listen to any of the songs.
See developer website for the complete list of songs and listen to a sample hymn.
See developer website for other music books.
NOTE: this app is very large because of the 280 audio files, and so it will take about 20 minutes to download and install. Please be patient while it is downloading.
update for iOS8
Ratings and Reviews
Love the hymns but am disappointed when the lyrics are changed to be more current. Changing the words changes the meaning in some cases. Also, no ability to copy a line to put on Facebook or twitter to encourage others. Put an automatic copyright on the copy but make it available to share with others. People need to become reacquainted with the great hymns of the faith.
Not the full hymnary
It is an OK (albeit expensive) app if you, unlike me, realize before purchase that it has 280 hymns, and not the full 674 ones found in the hymnary.
Of course, that hymn that you really, really want will not be there when you want it.
For the price, I really hope the developer adds the whole list of hymns in the near future.
This is wonderful
This is exactly what I have been looking for, both for my own edification and for my parents, who are in a home for the memory impaired but can still recall the words of the great hymns. The app actually has more than I expected: there is a recording of the music for each hymn. Before long, this may be the only place we can find these great songs of the faith.
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.