Music in the History of the Western Church: With an Introduction on Religious Music among the Primitive and Ancient Peoples

Music in the History of the Western Church: With an Introduction on Religious Music among the Primitive and Ancient Peoples

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Music in the History of the Western Church: With an Introduction on Religious Music among the Primitive and Ancient Peoples

Music in the History of the Western Church: With an Introduction on Religious Music among the Primitive and Ancient Peoples

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The practical administration of music in public worship is one of the most interesting of the secondary problems with which the Christian Church has been called upon to deal. Song has proved such a universal necessity in worship that it may almost be said, no music no Church. The endless diversity of musical forms and styles involves the perennial question, How shall music contribute most effectually to the ends which church worship has in view without renouncing those attributes upon which its freedom as fine art depends?

The present volume is an attempt to show how this problem has been treated by different confessions and in different nations and times; how music, in issuing from the bosom of the Church, has been moulded under the influence of varying ideals of devotion, liturgic usages, national temperaments, and types and methods of expression current in secular art. It is the author's chief purpose and hope to arouse in the minds of ministers and non-professional lovers of music, as well as of church musicians, an interest in this branch of art such as they cannot feel so long as its history is unknown to them.

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