|Publication Date: 20 Sep 2018|
|Publisher: SPCK Publishing|
|Page Count: 336|
|Author: Tim Dowley|
Dr Tim Dowley's wide-ranging survey includes contributions from nine additional experts. The book covers the Jewish musical tradition; early hymns and psalms; music after Constantine; the rise of music in the Orthodox tradition; Christian chant and the core of medieval music; polyphony in the medieval and Renaissance eras; music and the Lutheran Reformation; the rise of Catholic Baroque; the development of Anglican worship; Christian music in Latin America; the Viennese tradition of liturgical and non-liturgical sacred music; sacred music in the age of Romanticism; 19th-century hymns; the steadily developing tradition of Christian music in Africa; sacred music and the concert hall; music and The Salvation Army; the rise of carols; popular church music in the 20th century; the making of the American Gospel tradition; Christian music in SE Asia; musical traditions in Australia and New Zealand, and in the Pacific Islands; Christian elements in the rise of folk and jazz; and the rise of the contemporary Christian music industry.
Contains an impressive amount of information on a crucially important subject, beautifully presented and accessibly written … the clarity of presentation and ease of style ensure that the narrative is not swamped by the many names and dates … such an ambitious and successful project is to be commended.
Seems to cover every aspect of Christian music, including medieval polyphony, psalms, sacred music in the baroque, romantic and contemporary periods, hymns, carols, gospel, camp meetings and revivals, trombone ensembles of the Moravian Church, spirituals and the blues, country music, folk music, jazz and Christian rock music.
Demonstrates just how rich, wide and varied has been the music and song of Christians of all kinds over the centuries.