O sing unto the Lord : a history of English church music

by Gant, Andrew, 1963-

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For as long as people have worshipped together, music has played a key role in church life. With O Sing unto the Lord , Andrew Gant offers a fascinating history of English church music, from the Latin chant of late antiquity to the great proliferation of styles seen in contemporary repertoires.

The ornate complexity of pre-Reformation Catholic liturgies revealed the exclusive nature of this form of worship. By contrast, simple English psalms, set to well-known folk songs, summed up the aims of the Reformation with its music for everyone. The Enlightenment brought hymns, the Methodists and Victorians a new delight in the beauty and emotion of worship. Today, church music mirrors our multifaceted worldview, embracing the sounds of pop and jazz along with the more traditional music of choir and organ. And reflecting its truly global reach, the influence of English church music can be found in everything from masses sung in Korean to American Sacred Harp singing.

From medieval chorales to "Amazing Grace," West Gallery music to Christmas carols, English church music has broken through the boundaries of time, place, and denomination to remain familiar and cherished everywhere. Expansive and sure to appeal to all music lovers, O Sing unto the Lord is the biography of a tradition, a book about people, and a celebration of one of the most important sides to our cultural heritage.
In the beginning
Music for a new millennium
The fifteenth century: possibilities and promise
Keeping your head: the approach of the Reformaiton, 1509-1547
The children of Henry VIII: Reformation and Counter-reformation, 1547-1558
Church music and society in Elizabeth's England, 1558-1603
Plots, Scots, politics and the beauty of holiness, 1603-1645
Interregnum, 1644-1660
Restoration, 1660-1714
The enlightenment, 1712-1760
West galleries and Wesleys, Methodists and Mendelssohn, 1760-1850
Renewal, 1837-1901
Composers from S.S. Wesley to Elgar, 1830-1934
The splintering of the tradition, 1914-2015.

Published Reviews
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Gant (Christmas Carols), lecturer at St. Peter's College at the University of Oxford, shows readers that church music in England has always reflected larger theological, political, and social contexts, and explores how church music reaches deep into collective folk memory. Accessible to the general reader yet suited to those with a particular interest in music history or the history of England, the book examines the arguments that weave their way in and out of the history of English church music: Who gets to sing, the priests or the congregation? Should popular music be allowed to influence church music? What, fundamentally, is the function of church music, and why have clerical authorities often been suspicious of how much attention music receives? Gant engages these questions in intelligent, energetic prose. He sweeps from the Gregorian plainsong from the very earliest years of the church in England, through the complexities of the pre-Reformation Catholic liturgies, the drastic (and lasting) changes wrought by the Reformation, the moderation of Elizabethans, and the accessibility of Puritan songs, to the church music still being sung today. Yet because he focuses on representative composers and works, Gant's work feels more intimate than broad. It's a book about people and the songs that many of us don't even know that we know. (Apr.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."

Additional Information
Subjects Church music -- England.
Publisher Chicago :The University of Chicago Press,2017
Language English
Description x, 454 pages : illustrations (some color), music ; 24 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references and index.
ISBN 9780226469621
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