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The A to Z of Sacred Music by Joseph P. Swain

The A to Z of Sacred Music

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The A to Z of Sacred Music by Joseph P. Swain

The A to Z of Sacred Music covers the most important aspects of the sacred music of Buddhism, Christianity, Confucianism, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism, and other smaller religious groups. It provides useful information on all the significant traditions of this music through the use of a chronology, an introductory essay, a bibliography, appendixes, and hundreds of cross-referenced dictionary entries on major types of music, composers, key religious figures, specialized positions, genres of composition, technical terms, instruments, fundamental documents and sources, significant places, and important musical compositions.

About the Author

Joseph P. Swain has taught music history and theory at Phillips Academy and Colgate University for more than 25 years. He writes music criticism and critical theory and performs regularly as church organist, violist, and choir director.

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Publication date

9th April 2010


Joseph P. Swain

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Scarecrow Press


336 pages


Sacred & religious music



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