Hymnology

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Overview

The source readings in Hymnology are primary documents illustrating the philosophy and practice of congregational singing during various historical periods of the Christian church. They are drawn from a wide variety of sources including letters, diaries, periodicals, hymnal and tunebook prefaces, theological treatises, certain controversial books and pamphlets, and deliberations of church councils. The material ranges in date from the beginning of the second century to the 1960s. All the major streams of Christian song are covered, including early Greek and Latin hymnody, pre-Reformation vernacular hymnody, the Lutheran chorale, Reformed psalmody, and English and American hymnody from the sixteenth to the twentieth century. The book is suitable for use as a text or supplementary text for courses in hymnology, a professional reference work for ministers and church musicians, and a book for laymen interested in the history of church music.
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Editorial Reviews

The Theological Educator
...belongs in the libraries that support programs in church music or theology and in the private collections of persons with a serious interest in the history of congregational song.
Church History
David W. Music has given both the serious hymnological scholar and the interested 'person in the pew' valuable insights into the development of the congregational hymn...
Southwestern Journal Of Theology
A needed addition to the historical study of hymnology that reminds us of the rich history of Christian congregational song that is part of the inheritance of every Christian today. It is a well-documented and scholarly work, the kind of resource we have come to expect from the author.The volume is a useful resource for teachers and researchers in church music and also for practicing church musicians.
Worship
...a wide array of source readings in hymnology...David Music has provided an extremely helpful service by pulling together...some of the most important sources about hymnody in the history of the church...The work is well-conceived and well-executed...a valuable addition to the library of anyone who is concerned with the church's hymnody.
Church History
David W. Music has given both the serious hymnological scholar and the interested 'person in the pew' valuable insights into the development of the congregational hymn....
Theological Educator
...belongs in the libraries that support programs in church music or theology and in the private collections of persons with a serious interest in the history of congregational song..
Booknews
Presents 72 primary documents illustrating the philosophy and practice of congregational singing during various historical periods of the Christian Church, including the early Church and Middle Ages, the Reformation, and English and American hymnody. Among them are letters, diaries, prefaces to hymnals and tunebooks, controversial books and pamphlets, theological treatises, and the deliberations of Vatican II and other church councils. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780810831483
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group Inc
  • Publication date: 1/28/1996
  • Series: Studies in Liturgical Musicology Series , #4
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

David W. Music is Professor of Church Music at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Fort Worth, TX.
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Table of Contents

Editor's Foreword
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Abbreviations
1 Psalm and Hymn Singing Practices in Early Christianity 3
Pliny the Younger 3
Clement of Alexandria 5
Tertullian 7
Ambrose of Milan 9
Augustine of Hippo 9
Basil 11
Egeria 13
Palladius 16
Council of Laodicea 17
2 Early Definitions of "Hymn" 19
Augustine of Hippo 19
Cassiodorus 20
Isidore of Seville 20
3 Hymns and Heresy 23
Ephraim Syrus 23
Sozomen 24
Ambrose of Milan 25
Socrates 26
4 Medieval Religious Song 29
Notker Balbulus 29
Francis of Assisi 30
5 The Lutheran Chorale 37
Martin Luther 37
Frid. Nausea Blancicampianus 41
Johann Anastasius Freylinghausen 42
The Theology Faculty of the University of Wittenberg 46
6 Swiss Reformed 51
Huldreich Zwingli 51
Conrad Grebel 53
7 Genevan Psalmody 57
Martin Bucer 57
Clement Marot 59
John Calvin 62
Theodore de Beza 68
8 English and Scottish Psalmody 71
Thomas Sternhold 71
William Whittingham 72
Thomas Est 75
The Westminster Assembly 77
Nahum Tate and Nicholas Brady 79
9 American Psalmody 81
Francis Fletcher 81
The Bay Psalm Book 82
Cotton Mather 90
Samuel Sewall 94
10 The Sixteenth Century 99
Myles Coverdale 99
11 The Seventeenth Century 107
George Wither 107
Benjamin Keach 109
12 The Eighteenth Century 115
Isaac Watts 115
John Wesley 138
John Newton 145
13 The Nineteenth Century 151
Reginald Heber 151
Jonathan Gray 152
James Montgomery 157
Thomas Helmore 160
John Mason Neale 165
14 The Twentieth Century 169
Ralph Vaughan Williams 169
15 The Eighteenth Century 179
Thomas Symmes 179
Jonathan Edwards 183
William Billings 185
16 The Nineteenth Century 189
Timothy Dwight 189
The Boston Handel and Haydn Society 192
William Caldwell 196
William Francis Allen 199
Robert Lowry and W. Howard Doane 203
Ira D. Sankey 206
17 Vatican Council II 213
Further Reading 217
Index 225
About the Author 235
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