Open up the Doors: Music in the Modern Church

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There has been much passionate debate and emotion aroused by the introduction of contemporary music styles into the modern church. While these debates have rarely produced a victor, their detrimental effects have resonated throughout many Protestant churches worldwide. Rather than simply fuelling this debate further, Open Up the Doors represents an attempt to provide objective criteria and analytical frameworks by which the quality and function of contemporary congregational music can be assessed. The latest music from Hillsong, Soul Survivor, Parachute, Vineyard, Christian City and others is examined to reveal both the beneficial and dangerous trends occurring in modern church music. Open Up the Doors considers how well modern church music is serving the modern church, and also how effectively it is operating as a musical form in the secular culture that surrounds it.

About the Author:
Mark Evans is the Head of Contemporary Music Studies and Director of Creative Arts at Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781845531867
  • Publisher: Equinox Publishing
  • Publication date: 11/1/2006
  • Series: Studies in Popular Music Series
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements     ix
Introduction     1
Contextualising Contemporary Congregational Music     8
'Nothing New Under the Sun': Learning From History     24
Ending the Corporate Worship Wars     45
Resistance or Accommodation: The 'World' of Quality     66
The Rise and Rise of Pentecostal Music: History, Hillsong and Star Texts     87
Theomusicological Frameworks for Congregational Song Analysis     110
Corporate Worship Gets Personal     136
Conclusion: 'When the Music Fades'     158
Song Classification and Analysis     170
Notes     183
Bibliography     195
Index to Bible References     203
Subject Index     205
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