Religious Music

church music

church music:1 Music intended for performance as part of services of worship. With few exceptions, music is essential to the ritual of every religion; the singing of prayers and portions of Scripture is part of Judaeo-Christian tradition, and a large number of melodies for specific parts of the liturgy were embodied in the medieval collection of church music called Gregorian chant. Additional musical settings of liturgy from later times to the present have added to the liturgical repertory. Such customary interpolations in the service as the motet, chorale, and hymn have achieved an integral place in many church services. This is also true of the Anglican anthem and was at one time true of the Lutheran cantata. See anthem; antiphon; cantata; chant; chorale; hymn; Mass; motet; plainsong. 2 Music intended for performance in a church outside the regular worship service. This may include works taken from the repertory above as well as music of religious content, e.g., oratorios or sacred cantatas and instrumental music that is not specifically secular in nature. See cantata; carol; oratorio.

See E. Routley, Twentieth-Century Church Music (1964); E. H. Fellowes, English Cathedral Music (5th ed. 1969); E. Dickinson, Music in the History of the Western Church (1902, repr. 1970); R. C. Von Ende, Church Music: An International Bibliography (1980); C. Page, The Christian West and Its Singers: The First Thousand Years (2010).

The Columbia Encyclopedia, 6th ed. Copyright© 2014, The Columbia University Press.

Religious Music: Selected full-text books and articles

The Sound of Light: A History of Gospel Music
Don Cusic.
Bowling Green State University Popular Press, 1990
Gay Fiction Speaks: Conversations with Gay Novelists
Richard Canning.
Columbia University Press, 2001
Singing the Body of God: The Hymns of Vedantadesika in Their South Indian Tradition
Steven Paul Hopkins.
Oxford University Press, 2002
The Making of Sikh Scripture
Gurinder Singh Mann.
Oxford University Press, 2001
Librarian’s tip: "Rag as the Organizing Principle of the Adi Granth" begins on p. 87
The Ragas of Early Indian Music: Modes, Melodies and Musical Notations from the Gupta Period to c.1250
Richard Widdess.
Clarendon Press, 1995
Voicing the Ineffable: Musical Representations of Religious Experience
Siglind Bruhn.
Pendragon Press, 2002
The Aesthetics of Spiritual Practice and the Creation of Moral and Musical Subjectivities in Aleppo, Syria (1)
Shannon, Jonathan H.
Ethnology, Vol. 43, No. 4, Fall 2004
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Japanese Music and Musical Instruments
William P. Malm.
Charles E. Tuttle, 1959
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 2 "Religious Music"
Ancient and Oriental Music
Egon Wellesz.
Oxford University Press, 1999
The History of Catholic Church Music
Karl Gustav Fellerer; Francis A. Brunner.
Helicon Press, 1961
Man and His Music: The Story of Musical Experience in the West
Alec Harman; Anthony Milner; Wilfrid Mellers.
Oxford University Press, 1962
Wiser Than Despair: The Evolution of Ideas in the Relationship of Music and the Christian Church
Quentin Faulkner.
Greenwood Press, 1996
Religious Perspectives in American Culture
James Ward Smith; A. Leland Jamison.
Princeton University Press, 1961
Librarian’s tip: "Religious Music in America" begins on p. 289
Passport to Jewish Music: Its History, Traditions, and Culture
Irene Heskes.
Greenwood Press, 1994
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