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  • Worship Wars in Early Lutheranismby Joseph Herl

    Oxford University Press 2004; US$ 33.99

    How important was music to Martin Luther? Drawing on hundreds of liturgical documents, contemporary accounts of services, books on church music, and other sources, Joseph Herl gives readers a vivid sense of what it would have been like to attend a Lutheran church from the 16th to the18th century. more...

  • Music in the Life of the African Churchby Roberta King; Jean Ngoya Kidula; James R. Krabill

    Baylor University Press 2008; US$ 29.95

    During the twentieth century, the number of Christians in Africa grew from an estimated 4 million to more than 300 million. One of the forces that has propelled the church's remarkable growth is its liturgical music, which has been heavily influenced by indigenous musical traditions. This rewarding book takes readers 'inside the music'... more...

  • Open up the Doorsby Mark Evans

    Equinox Publishing Ltd 2006; US$ 26.55

    Represents an attempt to provide objective criteria and analytical frameworks by which the quality and function of contemporary congregational music can be assessed. This book also considers how well modern music is serving the modern church, and also how effectively it is operating as a musical form in the secular culture that surrounds it. more...

  • Singing in My Soulby Jerma A. Jackson

    The University of North Carolina Press 2004; US$ 26.00

    Black gospel music grew from obscure nineteenth-century beginnings to become the leading style of sacred music in black American communities after World War II. Jerma A. Jackson traces the music's unique history, profiling the careers of several singers--particularly Sister Rosetta Tharpe--and demonstrating the important role women played in popularizing... more...

  • Honoring God and the Cityby Jonathan Glixon

    Oxford University Press, USA 2008; US$ 26.99

    Part I: The Scole Grandi. 1. For the Honor of God: The Origin and Nature of the Scoli Grandi. 2. Gathering Together: Ritual and Ceremony at the Scoli Grandi. 3. Singing for the Souls of Brothers: Musical Beginnings to the early 15th century. 4. Singing Praies to the Lord: The Early Use of Professional Musicians, 1445-1500. 5. The Best in the City:... more...

  • Holy Brotherhoodby Barbara Rose Lange

    Oxford University Press, USA 2002; US$ 124.99

    Holy Brotherhood: Romani Music in a Hungarian Pentecostal Church is a musical ethnography of a religious community. After the end of socialism, different ethnic groups in Hungary harbored antagonism toward one another. In one Pentecostal church in Pecs, Hungary, however, both Hungarians and Roma (Gypsies) worshipped and made music together. Three musical... more...

  • Roman Catholic Church Music in England, 1791-1914by T.E. Muir

    Ashgate Publishing Ltd 2008; US$ 134.95

    Roman Catholic church music in England served the needs of a vigorous, vibrant and multi-faceted community that grew from about 70,000 to 1.7 million people during the long nineteenth century. This book provides a framework of the main aspects of Catholic Church music in this period showing how and why it developed in the way it did. Dr Muir sets the... more...

  • The Sounds of Milan, 1585-1650by Robert L. Kendrick

    Oxford University Press, USA 2002; US$ 139.99

    In this book, a follow-up to his 1996 monograph Celestial Sirens, Robert Kendrick examines the cultural contexts of music in early-modern Milan. This book describes the churches and palaces that served as performance spaces in Milan, analyzes the power structures in the city, discusses the devotional rites of the Milanese, and explores the connections... more...

  • Inside the Offertoryby Rebecca Maloy

    Oxford University Press, USA 2010; US$ 59.99

    The offertory has played a crucial role in recent vigorous debates about the origins of Gregorian chant. Its elaborate solo verses are among the most splendid of chant melodies, yet the verses ceased to be performed in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries, making them among the least known and studied members of the repertory. Rebecca Maloy now offers... more...

  • Downhome Gospelby Jerrilyn McGregory

    University Press of Mississippi 2010; US$ 50.00

    Jerrilyn McGregory explores sacred music and spiritual activism in a little-known region of the South, the Wiregrass Country of Georgia, Alabama, and North Florida. She examines African American sacred music outside of Sunday church-related activities, showing that singing conventions and anniversary programs fortify spiritual as well as social needs.... more...