The Story of Christian Music

The Story of Christian Music

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An illustrated introduction to the history and practice of Christian music. The main body of the text goes through the whole vast panoply of Christian music's history. The book looks at music in the Orthodox tradition and in Africa, as well as music for worship in 20th-century Europe and more

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  • Hardback | 256 pages
  • 205.74 x 246.38 x 25.4mm | 1,043.26g
  • Lion Hudson Plc
  • Lion Books
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • colour photographs
  • 0745921426
  • 9780745921426

Table of contents

Part 1 The birth of Christian music: music in the Old Testament; music in the Synagogue; music in the Early Church; the beginning of the Middle Ages; the monastic tradition; music of the spheres - medieval world-view; music for the liturgy; from the ear to the page; Gregorian chant to polyphony; Wycliffe's challenge to the Church. Part 2 Renaissance and Reformation: Luther and the Reformation; the Swiss reformers - the Calvinist tradition; the Reformation in England; the Catholic Reformation; the power of music. Part 3 The flowering of Christian music: the development of oratorio; the music of the Lutheran Church; Heinrich Schutz; J.S. Bach; English church music - Commonwealth and Restoration; the glory of the chapel royal; the birth of the English hymn; Part 4 The path divides: the Oxford movement; the decline of the Lutheran hymn; the Romantic Movement; revival; the 19th century - formality and feelings. Part 5 The glorious liturgy: the Orthodox Churches; the Greek Orthodox Church; the Russian Orthodox Church; music of the Coptic and Ethiopian Churches; Christianity East and West - worlds apart?. Part 6 The African genius: the influence of Western music; the independent Churches. Part 7 Music in North America: Christianity comes to the New World; Moravians and Shakers; Africans in America; North and South; gospel music - white and black; the United States and the European tradition; the Charismatic Movement. Part 8 Music in 20th-century Europe: Roman Catholic music in Europe this century; the Bible in the concert hall; Vatican II and the liturgy; Lutheran musical revival; music in Britain; the popular more

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