Sacred Sound and Social Change: Liturgical Music in Jewish and Christian Experience

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Teachers, students, composers, performers, and other practitioners of sacred sound will appreciate this volume because, unlike any book currently available on sacred music, it treats the history, development, current practices, composition, and critical views of the liturgical music of both the Jewish and Christian traditions. Contributors trace Jewish music from its place in Hebrew Scriptures through the nineteenth-century Reform movement. Similar accounts of Christian music describe its growth up to the ...
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Overview

Teachers, students, composers, performers, and other practitioners of sacred sound will appreciate this volume because, unlike any book currently available on sacred music, it treats the history, development, current practices, composition, and critical views of the liturgical music of both the Jewish and Christian traditions. Contributors trace Jewish music from its place in Hebrew Scriptures through the nineteenth-century Reform movement. Similar accounts of Christian music describe its growth up to the Protestant Reformation, as well as post-Reformation developments. Other essays explore liturgical music in contemporary North America by analyzing it against the backdrop of the continuous social change that characterizes our era. In addition to thought-provoking essays, this volume boasts a unique feature: four composers, each representing a different religious perspective, were commissioned to write a musical setting for Psalm 136. Their compositions are presented here, along with their commentaries, which explain the musical decisions they made and how these decisions reflect contemporary compositional, liturgical, and social challenges.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780268017460
  • Publisher: University of Notre Dame Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/1992
  • Series: Two Liturgical Traditions Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: North American Culture and Its Challenges to Sacred Sound 1
Pt. 1 Reconstructing the Past: Sacred Sound from the Bible to Reform
Introduction 11
Jewish Liturgical Music from the Bible to Hasidism 13
Jewish Liturgical Music in the Wake of Nineteenth-Century Reform 59
Christian Liturgical Music from the Bible to the Renaissance 84
Christian Liturgical Music in the Wake of the Protestant Reformation 124
Pt. 2 Exploring the Present: Sacred Sound in North America Today
Introduction 147
Catholic Prophetic Sound after Vatican II 150
Present Stress and Current Problems: Music and Reformed Churches 174
The Hymnal as an Index of Musical Change in Reform Synagogues 187
Pt. 3 Composing Sacred Sounds: Four New Settings of Psalm 136
Introduction and Instructions to the Composers 215
The Roman Catholic Tradition 221
The Methodist Tradition 235
The Jewish Tradition 255
The Episcopal Tradition 274
Pt. 4 Critiquing Sacred Sound: Perspectives on the Sacred and the Secular
Introduction 287
Sacred Music in a Secular Age 289
A Petition for a Visionary Black Hymnody 300
Enculturation, Style, and the Sacred-Secular Debate 314
Conclusion: On Swimming Holes, Sound Pools, and Expanding Canons 324
Index 341
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