Welcome to the Hymn Descants Blog

A descant is a counter melody written above the original melody. Its main purpose is to enhance the original melody without overpowering it. It heightens the effectiveness of the worship experience by adding a sense of climax and joy to a hymn.

Why hymn descants? I felt a need to expand my flute playing in church to more that just playing the various lines in the hymnal. Descants allow me to do this and bring more glory to God through my music. I found a few descant resources scattered here and there about the internet, but no one comprehensive site, so www.hymndescants.com was born.

This blog provides a forum for all to discuss descants as used in hymns. Posts can cover finding descants, writing, playing and/or singing descants.

Friday, October 26, 2007

The Language of God

I've been reading the following book: The Language of God: A Scientist Presents Evidence for Belief, this is what I read, starting at the bottom of page 35, "I recall a Christmas Eve where the descant on a particularly beautiful Christmas carol, rising sweet and true above the more familiar tune, left me with a sense of unexpected awe and a longing for something ..." A very apt description. It is getting to be that time of year again to get out the Christmas descants and start practising.

Monday, October 15, 2007

Tuba-Euphonium Blog

Tuba-Euphonium Blog

Even the low-note playing instruments can produce beautiful sounding descants. Check out the link above for an interesting blog post. Go to the "Hymns and Descants" link for more resources for these instruments and to listen to an mp3 of a descant. (I'm adding that resource to my main page at www.hymndescants.com).

Monday, October 1, 2007

Descant Music at the eBay Stores

Click the link that follows to access all the "Buy it Now" descant music at eBay stores (no waiting for an auction to finish)
Descant Music in all the Ebay Stores