Music moves the heart and brings comfort, serenity and can also call or drive a person to extremes.
Through the wisdom of others, including Helen Taliai and Rev. Penisimani Fonua and the Kōmiti Mūsiká, we’re able to bring together some of those hymns and some of their inspirations (aka Tune and reference hymn.)
The study of Hymns in Tonga is a topic of its own and we invite you whom may interested to consider some of the published works. One of the common aspects of hymns is the “Metrical Index” which is often
- LM - Long Metre (ML Mita Loloa)
- CM - Common Metre (MNG Mita Ngofua?)
- SM - Short Metre (MNN Mita Nounou?)
Through this, various hymns are known and sung using different tunes.
Of course, just because the ‘metre’ of a tune “meets” the requirements of a hymn, does not necessarily mean it is appropriate for the text of the hymn. An upbeat, resounding tune is not likely appropriate for a hymn of contemplation or reflection.