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Mormonism and Music: A History

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Music has flourished in the Mormon church since its beginning. In this volume Michael Hicks examines the direction that music's growth has taken since 1830. He looks closely at topics including the denomination's first official hymnals; the views of Joseph Smith and Brigham Young on singing; the Mormon Tabernacle Choir; and the changing attitudes of church officialdom and laity toward popular and non-western music styles.

Hicks traces the creative tensions the Mormons have faced...

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Overview

Music has flourished in the Mormon church since its beginning. In this volume Michael Hicks examines the direction that music's growth has taken since 1830. He looks closely at topics including the denomination's first official hymnals; the views of Joseph Smith and Brigham Young on singing; the Mormon Tabernacle Choir; and the changing attitudes of church officialdom and laity toward popular and non-western music styles.

Hicks traces the creative tensions the Mormons have faced and looks closely at how they have sought to reconcile their thirst for progress with their fear of contamination by other cultures.

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Hicks (music, Brigham Young U.) traces the music's growth since 1830, examining the changing attitudes of church officialdom and laity toward popular and non-Western music styles. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780252071478
  • Publisher: University of Illinois Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/2003
  • Series: Music in American Life Series
  • Pages: 280
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface to the Paperback Edition
Preface to the 1989 Edition
Abbreviations
1 The Genesis of Mormon Hymnody 1
2 The Early Hymnbooks 18
3 Schooling the Tongue 35
4 Bands and Ballads 55
5 Going Forth in the Dance 74
6 The Immigrant Professors 91
7 Homemade Music 109
8 Modern Hymnody and the Church Music Committee 128
9 The Mormon Tabernacle Choir 152
10 Mormon Classics 172
11 From Rags to Rock 189
12 Noble Savages 209
Epilogue 228
Indexes 231
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