Christian Hymnody in Twentieth-Century Britain and America: An Annotated Bibliography

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Overview

The 20th century, especially the latter decades, was a time of explosive growth and importance in hymnody, and yet published material about the hymnody of this period has been scattered and difficult to come by. The present volume catalogues and categorizes the available writings to guide students and scholars in their research. Furthermore, this reference does not depend primarily on the view of the author/compiler, but guides users toward a broad spectrum of viewpoints about 20th-century hymnody. Listing the principal writings on the repertory, language, practice, and people of hymnody during the last century, this annotated bibliography offers students and researchers alike a handy reference for a vast and varied field.

Beginning with a unique introduction to and summary of hymnody in the 20th century, Music arranges the entries by topic, dividing each chapter by helpful subject headings. The repertory of the twentieth century, and language issues are discussed. Practical elements of hymnody are covered, while the final chapter lists writings about individual hymn writers and other influential persons in the field. Music provides a brief annotation for each entry and uses numerous cross-references, guiding the reader to relevant material in other sections of the book. A comprehensive index concludes this essential reference.

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Music (music, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary) highlights the evolution of hymnody in this guide to literature about British and American hymnody during the 20th century. In an introductory overview, he notes the disappearance of archaic and military language in hymnody during the last 25 years of the century, the movement from traditional four-part vocal harmony with organ accompaniment to a range of other options, and the influence of youth musicals and Christian rock. Briefly annotated entries are arranged in sections on the repertory of hymnody, denominational hymnody, the language of British and American hymnody, and practical aspects of congregational song. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Meet the Author

DAVID W. MUSIC is Professor of Church Music at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Fort Worth. He is the author or co-author of several books in the field of hymnology, including Hymnology: A Collection of Source Readings (1996) and the fourth edition of A Survey of Christian Hymnody (1999) with William J. Reynolds and Milburn Price. He also served as editor of The Hymn (the journal of the Hymn Society in the U.S. and Canada) from 1991-1996.

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Table of Contents

Preface

Introduction

Twentieth-Century Hymnody: An Overview

The Repertory of Hymnody

The Language of Hymnody

The Practice of Hymnody

The People of Hymnody

Index

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