Jan Smelik The new Evangelical Hymnal
Het ORGEL 96 (2000), nr. 6, 37-40 [summary]

Recently, the Dutch ‘Evangelische Liedbundel’ (Evangelical Hymnal) was published by the ‘Evangelisch Werkverband’. Apart from repertoire in the tradition of the church hymn, the book contains a large number of gospel- and praise-songs.

The editors present the Hymnal as a supplement to the official ‘Liedboek voor de Kerken’ (Hymnal for the Churches). It is however questionable whether it will function as intended: it can very well be expected to take the place of the official Hymnal, since its repertoire is a part of evangelical spirituality and has consequently a rather different background from that of the official Hymnal. As quite a few of the hymns meet the religious needs of evangelical groups in the churches, it may be expected that only these will be used by these groups.

With respect to the possible significance of the Hymnal for contemporary church musical practice in general and liturgical organ culture in particular, one may observe that there exists an unbridgeable gap between the evangelical music scene and the conventional church musical world.
Consequently, it is questionable whether the evangelicals can extend their church musical repertoire substantially. Integrating elements of light music in conventional church music might be the preferable alternative.