Singing and the Imagination of Devotion: Vocal Aesthetics in Early English Protestant Culture

Singing and the Imagination of Devotion: Vocal Aesthetics in Early English Protestant Culture

by Susan Tara Brown

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781606083147
Publisher: Wipf & Stock Publishers
Publication date: 12/01/2008
Series: Studies in Christian History and Thought Series
Pages: 150
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Susan Tara Brown is a musicologist on the faculty of Fullerton College.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements ix

Introduction 1

Chapter 1 The State of Singing in England c. 1575-1710 9

Chapter 2 Applying the Word 23

The Word 24

The Word in Literature 30

The Word Sung 33

The Personalized Voice 40

Three Examples from the Literature: Hall, Wither, and Bunyan 50

Chapter 3 Sounding the Inner Landscape 57

Background: Music and the Motions of the Soul 57

The Case of Vocal Music 59

'Me thinks I should see his soul ready to fly out of his mouth in an heavenly ravishment': The Verbal Orientation of Early English Protestantism 62

The Anatomy of the Soul 70

Anglican and Puritan Methods of Meditation 72

The Role of Reason 77

The Role of Imagination 80

The Role of the Affections 83

The Voice in Active Contemplation 90

Chapter 4 'This Sacred Sensualitie' 95

Aesthetic Principles 100

Sensory Allusions within the Literature 105

Baxter contra Augustine 108

Reading the Creatures 114

Chapter 5 Through the Gates of Paradise 117

Singing and the Christian Duties 117

'An Entrance into Glory' 120

Conclusion 123

Bibliography 127

Index 137

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