American Sacred Choral Music: An Overview and a Handbook

American Sacred Choral Music: An Overview and a Handbook




This valuable handbook, the second in a series for choir directors, springs from the Master Schola, a church music conference held on Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Master Schola has focused on American sacred music, from the Yankee tunesmiths to our own time -- giving rise to the growing conviction that American sacred music has not enjoyed the exposure it deserves.

This collection of diverse essays paints a broad picture of the history of sacred choral music in America, and provides practical tips for teaching theory, diction, and style. Written by musicians with extensive experience in American music, including members of Gloriae Dei Cantores and their director, Elizabeth Patterson, these essays distill a wealth of research, knowledge, and opinions into a practical resource for anyone approaching this great repertoire.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781557252760
Publisher: Paraclete Press
Publication date: 07/28/2001
Pages: 77
Product dimensions: 5.46(w) x 8.02(h) x 0.24(d)

Table of Contents

Harmonia Americana1
Sacred Music in America: An Overview8
The American Chorister21
Performing the Music of Our Time31
Music of the Synagogue40
A Selected and Annotated Bibliography67
Notes on Contributors74
Permissions Acknowledgments76

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Althouse American Record Guide

Most impressive is Adler's overview of American sacred music... the essays are interesting for summarizing and closing gaps of knowledge.

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