Music in American Religious Experience

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Since the appearance of The Bay Psalm Book in 1640, music has served as a defining factor for American religious experience. Music and music-making are crucial to the maintenance of the distinctive belief systems that account for the insistent presence of multiculturalism in American denominationalism. The sacred musics of America at once symbolize the unifying factors of worship shaping the historical landscape and give voice to the diversity that distinguishes the religious ...

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Overview

Since the appearance of The Bay Psalm Book in 1640, music has served as a defining factor for American religious experience. Music and music-making are crucial to the maintenance of the distinctive belief systems that account for the insistent presence of multiculturalism in American denominationalism. The sacred musics of America at once symbolize the unifying factors of worship shaping the historical landscape and give voice to the diversity that distinguishes the religious experiences of that landscape as American.

For students and scholars in American music and religious studies, as well as for church musicians, this book is the first to study the ways in which music shapes the distinctive presence of religion in the United States. The sixteen essayists contributing to this book address the fullness of music's presence in American religion and religious history. Sacred music is considered in the broadest aesthetic sense, stretching from more traditional studies of hymnody and worship to new forms of musical expression, such as ritual in nonsectarian religious movements. Musical experience intersects with religious experience, posing challenging questions about the ways in which Americans, historical communities and new immigrants, and racial and ethnic groups, construct their sense of self. This book features an interdisciplinary approach that includes scholars in both musical and religious studies; a broad range of methodologies; historical breadth extending beyond denominational and church studies, and beyond Judeo-Christian traditions; and a comparative study of traditional religious communities and of emerging groups representing multiethnic America.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780195173031
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 12/15/2005
  • Pages: 368
  • Product dimensions: 9.30 (w) x 6.30 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Philip V. Bohlman teaches at the University of Chicago where he is Mary Werkman Professor of the Humanities and of Music, Chair of the Committee on Jewish Studies, and Artistic Director of the cabaret ensemble, New Budapest Orpheum Society.

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Table of Contents

Foreword
Introduction : music in American religious experience 3
1 When women recite : "music' and Islamic immigrant experience 23
2 African American religious music from a theomusicological perspective 43
3 Medeolinuwok, music, and missionaries in Maine 57
4 Singing as experience among Russian American Molokans 83
5 Hymnody and history : early American evangelical hymns as sacred music 123
6 The evolution of the music of German American Protestants in their hymnody : a case study from an American perspective 155
7 Singing from the right songbook : ethnic identity and language transformation in German American hymnals 175
8 "When in our music God is glorified:" singing and singing about singing in a congregational church 195
9 Fanny Crosby and Protestant hymnody 215
10 Prayer on the panorama : music and individualism in American religious experience 233
11 Women's ritual music 255
12 Nusach and identity : the contemporary meaning of traditional Jewish prayer modes 271
13 Reflections on the musical diversity of Chinese churches in the United States 287
14 "Tuned up with the grace of God" : music and experience among old regular baptists 311
15 Aesthetics and theology in congregational song : a hymnal intervenes 335
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