Christian Music: A Global History
Music is at the heart of the world's cultural heritage, and is often invoked as numinous or spiritual. It has certainly played a key part in the history of Christianity, with many of the greatest composers creating music for worship....
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Music is at the heart of the world's cultural heritage, and is often invoked as numinous or spiritual. It has certainly played a key part in the history of Christianity, with many of the greatest composers creating music for worship. In this fascinating book, Tim Dowley traces the history of Christian music. He divides the book into three parts:
1) Gloria Deo in Excelsis - the first sixteen centuries from the Jewish tradition to the late Renaissance
2) From Choir-stall to Concert Hall - after the Reformation
3) Let the People Sing - hymns and spiritual songs including the medieval tradition, the African American tradition and Orthodox worship.
Each section of the book includes special features on key subjects or figures.
Music is at the heart of the world's cultural heritage, and from the beginning has played an essential role in Christianity, with many of the greatest composers creating sacred music of all kinds. In Christian Music: A Global History, Tim Dowley traces the story of Christian music from the earliest Jewish traditions through the Renaissance and Reformation to the present day, discussing both the various liturgical traditions and non-liturgical sacred music. Dr Dowley also covers the fascinating history of hymns and sacred songs, and Christian expressions in modern jazz, folk, rock, and pop idioms. This comprehensive volume ranges widely, with specialist features on Christian music worldwide, and a focus on such varied topics as Christmas carols, the music of Handel and Bach, spirituals and the blues, medieval polyphony, Hildegard of Bingen, and Contemporary Christian Music. The book also considers key questions, such as: What is Christian music? Is it solely music used in Christian worship? Or music with spirituality, with the power to move people? And what is the role of the Bible in all this? Richly illustrated with almost two hundred photographs and pictures, Christian Music: A Global History is a book for anyone who is moved, inspired, or intrigued by any kind of music from the Christian tradition. Key features include: * Comprehensive coverage of the history of worship music, from ancient times to the present day * In-depth articles on key themes and individuals * Provides historical, theological, and liturgical contexts for Christian music * Includes specialist articles written by international experts * Covers both Western and non-Western musical traditions * Richly illustrated throughout "A friendly, attractive, and enormously enjoyable guide through a fascinating world, revealing the beauty of Christian music." Simon Russell Beale, CBE "Ranging across the centuries and around the globe, Tim Dowley and his collaborators tell the story of Christian music simply and clearly in an interesting mix of broad coverage and intriguing detail. Impressive in its scope and gorgeously illustrated, Christian Music will provide instruction and delight to a wide range of readers." Calvin Stapert, Professor of Music, Calvin College, Grand Rapids, USA Dr Tim Dowley, historian and author, has also written popular biographies of J. S. Bach and Robert Schumann and books on the history of Christianity, co-authored a study of Bob Dylan, and edited a celebration of Songs of Praise. He lives with his wife and children in Dulwich, South London, and knows much of the concert-hall Christian repertoire as a former member of the London Orpheus Choir.
Dr Tim Dowley (Ph.D., University of Manchester) is a historian, and a prolific author and editor of Bible resources for adults and children. He has also written popular biographies of J.S. Bach and Robert Schumann.
Some of his publications include The Candle Illustrated Bible Encyclopaedia; The Christians: An Illustrated History; Life In Bible Times; The Crossway Illustrated Bible Handbook; The Baker Atlas of Christian History, and numerous children's books, games, activities and retlling of classics like Pilgrim's Progress Most recently he has produced Christian Music: A Global History and a number of revisions of the EBR series
- Chapter Headings 1. Before The Church: The Jewish Musical Tradition 2. Psalms And Hymns And Spiritual Songs: Music And The Early Church 3. The Church Goes Public: Christian Music After Constantine 4. Christian Chant: The Core Of Medieval Worship 5. Medieval Polyphony: The Church Discovers Harmony 6. The Music Of The Renaissance: The Peaks Of Polyphony 7. A Safe Stronghold: The Music Of The Lutheran Reformation 8. "in Quires And Places Where They Sing:": The Making Of The Anglican Tradition 9. Psalms, Canticles, And Hymns: The Genesis Of Christian Hymns 10. Gloria In Excelsis Deo: The Making Of Catholic Baroque 11. Bach And Handel: Two Great Protestant Baroque Composers 12. The Viennese Tradition: Liturgical And Non-liturgical Sacred Music 13. Heights Of Intensity: Sacred Music In The Age Of Romanticism 14. Hymns Ancient And Modern: The Nineteenth-century Hymn Industry 15. Camp Meetings And Revivals: The Making Of The American Gospel Tradition 16. "i Got A Home In Dat Rock:": Spirituals And The Blues 17. Apocalypse Now! Sacred Music And The Concert Hall In The Twentieth Century 18. "surely Goodness And Mercy Shall Follow Me": Popular Church Music In The Twentieth Century 19. "(give Me That) Old Time Religion": Gospel Music In The Twentieth Century 20. "i Wish We'd All Been Ready": The Making Of The Contemporary Christian Music Industry 21. "ain't Nobody Nowhere Nothin' Without God": Christians Do Country, Folk And Jazz Further Reading Notes Index Acknowledgements