Music in American Religious Experience

Music in American Religious Experience

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Musical experience intersects with religious experience, posing challenging questions about the ways in which Americans, historical communities and new immigrants, and racial and ethnic groups, construct their sense of self. This book studies the ways in which music shapes the distinctive presence of religion in the United States. The twenty contributors address the fullness of music's presence in American religion and religious history.
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  • Hardback | 368 pages
  • 162.6 x 236.2 x 30.5mm | 612.36g
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0195173031
  • 9780195173031

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Singing, which time out of mind has been everywhere constitutive of religious community, has only recently emerged as a subject of vigorous study. This expert and welcome volume joins other recent efforts that are trying to understand how and why music has been so central in different ways to different religious traditions. Its chapter on Wabanakis and Wesleyans, Muslims and Molokans, German Lutherans and the Chinese and Missionary Alliance, Isaac Watts and Fanny
Crosby, and more provide solid individual studies; together they demonstrate the superlative importance of music in American religious experience. * Mark A. Noll, author, America's God, from Jonathan Edwards to Abraham Lincoln (OUP, 2002) * Music in American Religious Experience positions music and religion at the very heart of North American everyday life. Central to the sacred journey embraced by the religious communities and traditions documented in this book, music contributes to the formation of communities Hutterites in Canada, Old Regular Baptists in Kentucky, Chinese Americans churches, Wabanaki Catholics, Jewish synagogues in Boston, and many more as they negotiate historical, contemporary, and
frequently politicized identities. The rich essays included in this book suggest that a vibrant sacred soundscape exists in America's churches and synagogues, often in our own backyard. * Gregory Barz, Vanderbilt University, author of Performing Religion: Negotiating Past and Present in Kwaya Music of Tanzania * This varied and insightful volume focuses on music as apart of the American religious experience, from the time of the The Bay Psalm Book (1640) to the present. The contributors are scholars in musicology and history, and the essays show the diverse ways that music has imprinted itself on the religious consciousness and history of the US. The editors divide the book into four parts. Offering a fascinating and unique look at American music and religion, this book
examines topics and relationships previously unresearched and undocumented. * Choice * Music in American Religious Experience is a welcome contribution to musicology.... Those who have contributed to this project have written essays as diverse as they are enlightening. * Journal of the Society for American Music * Music in American Religious Experience is a fine collection of essays that enlighten us on a great variety of research topics concerning sacred music in America. The articles that discuss Lutheran hymnody and worship are ground breaking, and it would do Lutheran church musicians well to read them. By doing so, their understanding of the music that they use weekly in worship will be deeper and their consideration of other religious groups will gain them appreciation
for the musical traditions of those people. * Cross Accent *
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About Maria Chow

Philip V. Bohlman teaches at the University of Chicago, where he is Mary Werkman Professor of the Humanities and of Music, Chair of the Committee on Jewish Studies, and Artistic Director of the cabaret ensemble, New Budapest Orpheum Society. Edith L. Blumhofer is Professor of History and Director of the Institute for the Study of American Evangelicals at Wheaton College (Illinois). Maria M. Chow is a native of Hong Kong, and her Ph.D. dissertation (University of Chicago) is a study of the modern discourse on music and its impact on the Chinese national self-identity in the first half of the twentieth century.
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