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Music in American religious experience

Author: Philip V Bohlman; Edith Waldvogel Blumhofer; Maria M Chow
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, 2006.
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Since the appearance of The Bay Psalm Book in 1640, music has served as a defining factor for American religious experience. Music and music-making are crucial to the maintenance of the distinctive belief systems that account for the insistent presence of multiculturalism in American denominationalism. The sacred musics of America at once symbolize the unifying factors of worship shaping the historical landscape and  Read more...

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Genre/Form: Congresses
Conference papers and proceedings
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Music in American religious experience.
New York : Oxford University Press, 2006
Material Type: Conference publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Philip V Bohlman; Edith Waldvogel Blumhofer; Maria M Chow
ISBN: 9780195173031 0195173031 9780195173048 019517304X
OCLC Number: 61151656
Notes: Papers from a conference held at the U. of Chicago, Apr. 22-24, 1994 (p. ix).
Description: viii, 350 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Experience and identity --
Liturgy, hymnody, and song --
Individuals and the agency of faith --
Congregation and community. Introduction : music in American religious experience / Philip V. Bohlman --
Experience and identity. When women recite : "music" and Islamic immigrant experience / Regula Burckhardt Qureshi. African American religious music from a theomusicological perspective / Jon Michael Spencer. Medeolinuwok, music, and missionaries in Maine / Ann Morrison Spinney. Singing as experience among Russian American Molokans / Margarita Mazo --
Liturgy, hymnody, and song. Hymnody and history : early American evangelical hymns as sacred music / Stephen A. Marini. The evolution of the music of German American Protestants in their hymnody : a case study from an American perspective / Paul Westermeyer. Singing from the right songbook : ethnic identity and language transformation in German American hymnals / Otto Holzapfel. "When in our music God is glorified" : singing and singing about singing in a Congregational church / Judith Gray --
Individuals and the agency of faith. Fanny Crosby and Protestant hymnody / Edith L. Blumhofer. Prayer on the panorama : music and individualism in American religious experience / Philip V. Bohlman. Women's ritual music / Janet Walton --
Congregation and community. Nusach and identity : the contemporary meaning of traditional Jewish prayer modes / Jeffrey A. Summit. Reflections on the musical diversity of Chinese churches in the United States / Maria M. Chow. "Tuned up with the grace of God" : music and experience among Old Regular Baptists / Jeff Todd Titon. Aesthetics and theology in Congregational song : a hymnal intervenes / Don E. Saliers.
Responsibility: edited by Philip V. Bohlman, Edith L. Blumhofer, Maria M. Chow.
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Music in American Religious Experience is a fine collection of essays that enlighten us on a great variety of research topics concerning sacred music in America. The articles that discuss Lutheran Read more...

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