Academic journal article The Hymn

The Gift of Genevan Psalmody for Today Sprung from Its Historical Context

Academic journal article The Hymn

The Gift of Genevan Psalmody for Today Sprung from Its Historical Context

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The Gift of Genevan Psalmody for Today Sprung from its Historical Context by Calvin Seerveld. CD available through www.seerveld.com/tuppence.html. Canadian$ 18.00/ U.S. $21.00.

"Vintage Calvin Seerveld!" The illustrated lecture and music fit hand in glove at the opening plenary lecture for the Rediscovering Calvin conference at the University of Toronto on June 18th, 2009. It was presented for the Southern Ontario Chapter of The Hymn Society at Keffer Chapel in Waterloo Lutheran Seminary in November, 2009. Calvin Seerveld and Stephanie Martin, with members of the Pax Christi Chorale, recorded the lecture and music illustrations in Toronto in January, 2011, to produce this CD version of an acclaimed lecture-recital.

What do Gregorian chant, the polyphony of Josquin des Prez, the laude of Catholic lay singing societies and of Dominican friar Giancarlo Savonarola, Martin Luther's Geistliche Lieder, Jean Calvin's collaboration with Clément Marot, Theodore de Bézè and Louis Bourgeois have in common with today's congregational song? Calvin Seerveld traces links between the eight tones of Gregorian chant which enabled religious communities to sing through 150 psalms each week to our practice of congregational singing today, via the Genevan psalms. Theology, biblical scholarship, history, musicology, and aesthetics are integrated in his story of the "Gift of Genevan Psalmody for Today. …

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