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Let the people sing : hymn tunes in perspective

Author: Paul Westermeyer
Publisher: Chicago : GIA, ©2005.
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For centuries, the voices of diverse Christian congregations have been empowered by shared, ecumenical hymns. In Let the People Sing: Hymn Tunes in Perspective, Paul Westermeyer provides a broad overview of selected hymn tunes, analyzing each for genre, earliest sources, creativity, and congregational appeal. Westermeyer completed a survey of 14 modern, multi--denominational English-language hymnals to find the  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Paul Westermeyer
ISBN: 1579993532 9781579993535
OCLC Number: 58728785
Description: xvii, 459 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: General considerations --
The oldest tunes and congregational song --
Chorale tunes --
Metrical Psalm tunes --
German, Slavic and Scandinavian tunes --
Seventeenth- to eighteenth-century English tunes --
Eighteenth- to nineteenth-century English tunes --
Welsh tunes and French diocesan tunes --
Nineteenth-century English tunes 1 --
Nineteenth-century English tunes 2 --
American spirituals --
Eighteenth- to nineteenth-century American tunes --
Folk tunes and folk influences --
Twentieth-century tunes --
Appendix : A Tune of the Day proposal.
Responsibility: Paul Westermeyer.

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For centuries, the voices of diverse Christian congregations have been empowered by shared, ecumenical hymns. In Let the People Sing: Hymn Tunes in Perspective, Paul Westermeyer provides a broad overview of selected hymn tunes, analyzing each for genre, earliest sources, creativity, and congregational appeal. Westermeyer completed a survey of 14 modern, multi--denominational English-language hymnals to find the tunes most representative of those sung in today's church. Organized chronologically, this study moves from the earliest tunes to those of the late 20th century. Although not encyclopedic in nature, Let the People Saying was inspired by Erik Routley's comprehensive work The Music of Christian Hymns, to which reference is often made. The author includes perspectives on various topics throughout, including the role of instruments in congregational singing, rote singing, the importance of appropriate tempo, and threats to the people's song. Thoroughly annotated, Let the People Saying also includes an appendix with Tune of the Day suggestions and an extensive bibliography for those desiring further study. This landmark book is a journey worth taking for church musicians, pastors, teachers, and anyone interested in enhancing congregational song. - Jacket flap.

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