A Brief History of Christian Music

A Brief History of Christian Music : From biblical times to the present

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Throughout the centuries, some of the most creative musical geniuses have produced works to be performed as part of the life of the Christian church. The result is a great wealth of hymns, anthems, oratorios and other sacred music, from which organists and choirmasters throughout the world draw the hymns and other music for worship today. How has this magnificent tapestry developed? And where does the relatively small part of the pattern with which each Christian tradition is familiar fit into the tremendous variety of the whole? These are among the questions addressed by Andrew Wilson-Dickson in this absorbing account, as he takes the reader through each period of European musical history, as well as the Orthodox tradition, the growing African scene, and the many-sided American picture - North and South.show more

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  • Paperback | 480 pages
  • 130 x 198mm
  • Lion Hudson Plc
  • Lion Books
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • 074593773X
  • 9780745937731

About Andrew Wilson-Dickson

ANDREW WILSON-DICKSON is Principal Lecturer at the Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff, and a composer of operatic, orchestral and church music. He is also involved in Christian music through his local Baptist church and through Cambrensis (the South Wales Baptist Choir)show more

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A fascinating survey of the whole body of Christian music. Scholarly yet readily intelligible to the non-specialist. -- Sir David Willcocks - former Principal of the Royal College of Music, London An absorbing narrative, lucid and fluent, shot through with an infectious enthusiasm which makes for compulsive reading. -- Francis Jackson - former Organist and Choirmaster at York Minstershow more

Table of contents

The birth of Christian music (Old Testament times to AD 1400); Renaissance and Reformation (1400-1600); the flowering of Christian music (1600-1800); the path divides (1750-1900); Eastern traditions; the African genius; music in North America (1600 - present); music in 20th-century Europe.show more

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