Wiser Than Despair: The Evolution of Ideas in the Relationship of Music and the Christian Church

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This book addresses a highly complex and elusive matter: why the Christian Church was able to contribute so generously to music from its earliest days through the 18th century and why it has suffered since that time from a creeping artistic paralysis. Modern attitudes and assumptions often find the values and accomplishments of the Christian worldview enigmatic, even repellant, and church music has come to be one of the primary arenas in which the tension between conflicting worldviews continues to be worked out ...
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Overview

This book addresses a highly complex and elusive matter: why the Christian Church was able to contribute so generously to music from its earliest days through the 18th century and why it has suffered since that time from a creeping artistic paralysis. Modern attitudes and assumptions often find the values and accomplishments of the Christian worldview enigmatic, even repellant, and church music has come to be one of the primary arenas in which the tension between conflicting worldviews continues to be worked out on a daily basis. This thoughtful work investigates the historical interaction of theology, philosophy and music, and will be of interest to church musicians, theologians, music historians and cultural anthropologists.
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Traces the interaction of philosophical and theological ideas and attitudes with the conception and practice of music, from the earliest foundations laid by the ancient Greek philosophical systems to the present. Faulkner (music, U. of Nebraska-Lincoln) addresses in detail the question of why the church was able to contribute so generously to music from its earliest days up through the 18th century and why it has suffered since then from what the author terms "a creeping artistic paralysis." Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780982458242
  • Publisher: Religious Affections Ministries
  • Publication date: 9/25/2012
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.57 (d)

Meet the Author

QUENTIN FAULKNER is Steinhart Distinguished Professor of Music at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgements
Chronology
1 Prologue 1
2 Music in the Bible 17
3 Music in Ancient Greece 29
4 Music in the Early Church: The Patristic Era to Gregory the Great 49
5 Integration and Transmission 73
6 Interlude: Ecclesiastical Authority in Theory and Practice 87
7 The Golden Age of Musical Speculation 93
8 Speculation and Musical Practice 113
9 The Reformation 135
10 The Decline of Musical Speculation 143
11 The Gifts of Christian Musical Speculation 149
12 Humanism 153
13 The Self-Conscious Revolution 161
14 The Enlightenment and Music 171
15 Romanticism and Music 183
16 The Twentieth Century 191
17 Questions 203
Appendix 1: The Organ 215
Appendix 2: Performance Practice 225
Bibliography 231
Index 243
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