Worship Wars in Early Lutheranism Choir, Congregation and Three Centuries of Conflict

Worship Wars in Early Lutheranism Choir, Congregation and Three Centuries of Conflict

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How important was music to Martin Luther? Drawing on hundreds of liturgical documents, contemporary accounts of services, books on church music, and other sources, Joseph Herl rewrites the history of music and congregational song in German Lutheran churches. He traces the path of Lutheran church music to show how they acquired their reputation as the "singing church". Herl writes with academic precision and clarity, for specialists and non-specialists alike. Focussing on events, peoples, ideas and anecdotal evidence, Herl draws readers inside his story and gives them a vivid sense of what it would have been like to attend a Lutheran church from the sixteenth to the eighteenth century.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 367 pages
  • 152.4 x 233.7 x 27.9mm | 680.4g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • numerous tables and musical examples
  • 0195154398
  • 9780195154399

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Dealing with a topic that has become increasingly popular in recent scholarship, this work will prove equally thought-provoking to those with an interest in music and in Reformation history. * Maria Craciun, Sixteenth Century Journal *show more

About Joseph Herl

Joseph Herl is assistant Professor of Music at Concordia University, where he teaches courses in music history, music theory, and church music. He has also published compositions for choir and organ.show more

Table of contents

1. Luther and the liturgy in Wittenberg ; 2. Catholic liturgy: Lutheran liturgy ; 3. The church orders: an introduction ; 4. Choral and congregational singing in the church orders ; 5. Ecclesiastical visitations ; 6. Congregational hymnals ; 7. Choral music versus congregational singing ; 8. The organ and hymn singing ; 9. Performance practiceshow more

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