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Sacred & religious music

See below for a selection of the latest books from Sacred & religious music category. Presented with a red border are the Sacred & religious music books that have been lovingly read and reviewed by the experts at Lovereading. With expert reading recommendations made by people with a passion for books and some unique features Lovereading will help you find great Sacred & religious music books and those from many more genres to read that will keep you inspired and entertained. And it's all free!

A Cloud of Witnesses

A Cloud of Witnesses

Author: Mack Wilberg Format: Sheet music Release Date: 30/01/2020

This dramatic choral work sets a text by David Warner that artfully weaves together multiple witnessing stories of Christ's Resurrection into a single narrative. Wilberg employs an effective array of musical techniques to depict the protagonists' experiences: from rapid figurations that move through the orchestra creating a sense of momentum and breathless astonishment to pairings of voicings to convey an act of collective witnessing and declamatory exclamations of praise. The work is scored for mixed voices without soloists, conveying a universal perspective on this story, and accompaniment is by piano four-hands or orchestra.

God Has Smiled on Me An Isaiah Jones Songbook

God Has Smiled on Me An Isaiah Jones Songbook

Author: Isiah, Jr. Jones Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/01/2020

This collection of music by well-known composer and musician Isaiah Jones Jr. will be welcomed by church choir directors and worship leaders. The collection contains more than thirty pieces of music with full arrangements in a spiral-bound format suitable for pianists, organists, music leaders, and choirs.

William Billings of Boston Eighteenth-Century Composer

William Billings of Boston Eighteenth-Century Composer

Author: David McKay, Richard Crawford Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/12/2019

The foremost American musician of the eighteenth century, William Billings wrote more than three hundred compositions and six musical collections at a time when Americans were singing almost nothing but British music. In this study, David McKay and Richard Crawford depict the man, his music, and his place in the tradition of American psalmody. The authors examine Billings' methods, innovations, and interaction with the Boston society in which he lived, placing overall emphasis on his influence on American Protestant sacred music. David McKay is Associate Professor of English at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. Richard Crawford is Associate Professor of Music at the University of Michigan. He is the author of Andrew Law, American Psalmodist (Northwestern, 1968). Originally published in 1975. The Princeton Legacy Library uses the latest print-on-demand technology to again make available previously out-of-print books from the distinguished backlist of Princeton University Press. These editions preserve the original texts of these important books while presenting them in durable paperback and hardcover editions. The goal of the Princeton Legacy Library is to vastly increase access to the rich scholarly heritage found in the thousands of books published by Princeton University Press since its founding in 1905.

William Billings of Boston Eighteenth-Century Composer

William Billings of Boston Eighteenth-Century Composer

Author: David McKay, Richard Crawford Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/12/2019

The foremost American musician of the eighteenth century, William Billings wrote more than three hundred compositions and six musical collections at a time when Americans were singing almost nothing but British music. In this study, David McKay and Richard Crawford depict the man, his music, and his place in the tradition of American psalmody. The authors examine Billings' methods, innovations, and interaction with the Boston society in which he lived, placing overall emphasis on his influence on American Protestant sacred music. David McKay is Associate Professor of English at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. Richard Crawford is Associate Professor of Music at the University of Michigan. He is the author of Andrew Law, American Psalmodist (Northwestern, 1968). Originally published in 1975. The Princeton Legacy Library uses the latest print-on-demand technology to again make available previously out-of-print books from the distinguished backlist of Princeton University Press. These editions preserve the original texts of these important books while presenting them in durable paperback and hardcover editions. The goal of the Princeton Legacy Library is to vastly increase access to the rich scholarly heritage found in the thousands of books published by Princeton University Press since its founding in 1905.

Aretha Franklin's Amazing Grace

Aretha Franklin's Amazing Grace

Author: Aaron Cohen Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 27/12/2019

This is a fascinating and thoroughly researched exploration of the best-selling gospel album of all time. For two days in January 1972, Aretha Franklin sang at the New Temple Missionary Baptist Church in Los Angeles while tape recorders and film cameras rolled. Everyone there knew the event had the potential to be historic: five years after ascending to soul royalty and commercial success, Franklin was publicly returning to her religious roots. Her influential minister father stood by her on the pulpit. Her mentor, Clara Ward, sat in the pews. Franklin responded to the occasion with the performance of her life and the resulting double album became a multi-million seller - even without any trademark hit singles. But that was just one part of the story. Franklin's warm inimitable voice, virtuoso jazz-soul instrumental group and Rev. James Cleveland's inventive choral arrangements transformed the course of gospel. Through new interviews, musical and theological analyses as well as archival discoveries, this book sets the scene, traces the recording's traditional origins and pop infusions and describes the album's enduring impact. 33 1/3 is a series of short books about a wide variety of albums, by artists ranging from James Brown to the Beastie Boys. Launched in September 2003, the series now contains over 60 titles and is acclaimed and loved by fans, musicians and scholars alike. It was only a matter of time before a clever publisher realized that there is an audience for whom Exile on Main Street or Electric Ladyland are as significant and worthy of study as The Catcher in the Rye or Middlemarch ...The series, which now comprises 29 titles with more in the works, is freewheeling and eclectic, ranging from minute rock-geek analysis to idiosyncratic personal celebration. ( The New York Times Book Review , 2006).

Singing the Gospel along Scotland's North-East Coast, 1859-2009

Singing the Gospel along Scotland's North-East Coast, 1859-2009

Author: Frances Wilkins Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/12/2019

Following three years of ethnomusicological fieldwork on the sacred singing traditions of evangelical Christians in North-East Scotland and Northern Isles coastal communities, Frances Wilkins documents and analyses current singing practices in this book by placing them historically and contemporaneously within their respective faith communities. In ascertaining who the singers were and why, when, where, how and what they chose to sing, the study explores a number of related questions. How has sacred singing contributed to the establishment and reinforcement of individual and group identities both in the church and wider community? What is the process by which specific regional repertoires and styles develop? Which organisations and venues have been particularly conducive to the development of sacred singing in the community? How does the subject matter of songs relate to the immediate environment of coastal inhabitants? How and why has gospel singing in coastal communities changed? These questions are answered with comprehensive reference to interview material, fieldnotes, videography and audio field recordings. As one of the first pieces of ethnomusicological research into sacred music performance in Scotland, this ethnography draws important parallels between practices in the North East and elsewhere in the British Isles and across the globe.

The Oxford Book of Descants

The Oxford Book of Descants

Author: Julian Elloway Format: Sheet music Release Date: 19/12/2019

The Oxford Book of Descants is a definitive collection of 102 descants to well-known hymns, carols, and worship songs. It features descants by a wide range of composers, including contemporary names such as David Willcocks, John Rutter, Malcolm Archer, and Paul Leddington Wright, as well as celebrated twentieth-century church composers such as Alan Gray, Edward Bairstow, Sydney Nicholson, and John Wilson. Published in both full music and melody editions, this is a fully practical collection, with selected descants presented in different keys and with alternative words to match most popular hymnals. The full music edition provides an organ part for each descant while the melody edition contains the descants alone, without their accompanying tunes. With a superb range of descants, ably written and sympathetic to the style and harmony of the original tune, this is an excellent resource that will be welcomed by all choirs and church musicians and will enhance hymn singing at church services.

Singing for Equality Hymns in the American Antislavery and Indian Rights Movements, 1640-1855

Singing for Equality Hymns in the American Antislavery and Indian Rights Movements, 1640-1855

Author: Cheryl C. Boots Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 16/12/2019

Before the American Civil War, men and women who imagined a multiracial American society (social visionaries) included Protestant hymns and psalms in their speeches and writings. Music affirmed the humanity and equality of Indians and blacks. These visionaries legitimated slave emancipation and validated blacks and Indians as Americans. In contrast to dominant voices of white racial privilege, social visionaries relied upon republication ideals and Arminian Christian beliefs to attack the conflation of whiteness with both citizenship and Christianity; they criticised republican hypocrisy and Christian hypocrisy. Many social visionaries wrote hymns, transcending racial lines and creating a sense of equality among singers and their audience. Singing and reading Protestant hymns encouraged community formation that led to American human rights activism in the 19th and 20th centuries.

Were You There When They Crucified My Lord

Were You There When They Crucified My Lord

Author: Allan Rohan Crite Format: Hardback Release Date: 16/12/2019

One of the best loved of the American spirituals is here interpreted by an artist whose birthright is an authentic understanding of the spirituals. He gives us that understanding in terms of an art having all the appeal of the Negro's conception of religion in its narrative quality, its close emotional identification with religious ideas and events, and its simplicity of feeling. The thirty-nine black-and-white drawings which compose the drama are not illustrations in the usual sense of visual elaborations of a text, but are rather a translation from musical rhythm into visual rhythm. Where the sung spiritual creates cumulative dramatic tension by repeated variations of a musical phrase, the artist lays increasing stress on the central idea of a pictorial sequence, each drawing dependent for its full power on its relation to those preceding and following it. Human figures have been used as symbols depicting the various shadings and accents of the great story as it is suggested by the words and music of the spiritual. The main motif is that of Christ; the secondary motifs or accompaniments are the Blessed Virgin Mary and St. John, with the chorus in the background. Throughout, the spirit is reverent, and there is, as the changing text of the spiritual demands, a subtle and inevitable change from realism to symbolism. Artistically the drawings are simple, with an unusual vitality and strength characteristic of this artist's skillful brushwork, which is bold or delicate as the subject matter demands. Crite's work has been exhibited extensively throughout the country and is represented in many collections.

The Musical Tradition of the Eastern European Synagogue, Volume 3A The Sabbath Eve Service

The Musical Tradition of the Eastern European Synagogue, Volume 3A The Sabbath Eve Service

Author: Sholom Kalib Format: Hardback Release Date: 11/12/2019

The Sabbath Eve Service, a three-book set, is to date the most comprehensive annotated anthology of authentic musical liturgy of the Eastern European synagogue Friday night Shabbat service. Part of a projected five-volume set, this series is dedicated to the preservation of the legacy of Eastern European synagogue music, a legacy that represents both the spiritual and artistic core of Jewish life and history. Passed down in the form of oral tradition, over time it inspired prodigious musical creativity resulting in a vast repertoire of cantorial and choral compositions. With The Sabbath Eve Service, Kalib is rescuing that segment of this cherished heritage, making it accessible for generations to come.

Music in the Culture of Northern Afghanistan

Music in the Culture of Northern Afghanistan

Author: Mark Slobin Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 11/12/2019

Aspects of Orality and Formularity in Gregorian Chant

Aspects of Orality and Formularity in Gregorian Chant

Author: Theodore Karp Format: Hardback Release Date: 11/12/2019

A study of medieval monophonic music. The text focuses on its movement away from the concept of chants as products and towards the idea of chants as processes. The essays are loosely connected through their bearing on one or more of three themes: the role of orality in the transmission of chants circa 700-1400; varying degrees of stability or instability in the transmission of chant; and the role of the formula in the construction of chant.