Introduction from the author
You hold in your hands the fourth, and newest, collection of my hymn tunes. It is titled Stones Unthrown because with one exception, the tunes in this little book have not, until now, been launched out into the wider world, despite the fact that a couple of them were actually composed over thirty years ago.
Some of these tunes are the result of specific commissions, others were composed as entries in hymn tune competitions or as submissions to denominational hymnal projects. The rest were written especially for this volume.
I wish to express my gratitude to all the poets, past and present, whose words appear in this book. Their good work continues to inspire and nurture the faith of worshipping Christians everywhere, and to spark the creative energies of many composers who, like me, delight in setting their words to music.
I also extend my thanks to David and Virginia Schaap of Selah Publishing Company for their tireless support and promotion of my work, and to my wife Susan, who lovingly listens and patiently endures my periodic fits of creative productivity. Finally I must thank my friend Carl Daw, one of whose exquisite hymn texts has once again unintentionally provided me with a title for my book.
Alfred V. Fedak
Albany, New York