American Classical Hymns

American Classical Hymns

A Forgotten Repertoire

Gems of Exquisite Beauty Book Cover

Hymn tunes were one of European classical music’s chief conduits to American audiences through the mid-19th century. Hymnnodic adaptations of the work of Mozart, Beethoven, Mendelssohn, and others appeared by the hundreds, all but a few forgotten today. 278 of these tunes—unearthed, identified, and edited for modern use—are gathered in our Anthology of scores and piano recordings.


AmericanClassicalHymns.com was developed in tandem with the book Gems of Exquisite Beauty: How Hymnody Carried Classical Music to America (Oxford University Press, 2020), the first in-depth historical exploration of this repertoire and its creators.

Members of the choir of St. Martin’s Ev. Lutheran Church (Austin, TX), who can be heard in our Choral Showcase singing tunes by Gluck, Mozart, and Schumann

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