The Bible in Music Hardback

A Dictionary of Songs and Works

by John F. A. Sawyer; Siobhan Dowling Long;

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The Bible in Music

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There have been numerous publications in the last decades on the Bible in literature, film and art. But until now, no reference work has yet appeared on the Bible as it appears in Western music. In The Bible in Music. A Dictionary of Songs and Works, scholars Siobhan Dowling Long and John F. A. Sawyer correct this gap in Biblical reference literature, providing for the first time a convenient guide to musical interpretations of the Bible. Alongside examples of classical music from the Middle Ages through modern times, Dowling Long and Sawyer also bring attention to the Bible's impact on popular culture with numerous entries on hymns, spirituals, musicals, film music and contemporary popular music. Each entry contains essential information about the original context of the work (date, composer, etc.) and, where relevant, its afterlife in literature, film, politics, and liturgy. It includes an index of biblical references and an index of biblical names, as well as a detailed timeline that brings to the fore key events, works and publications, placing them in their historical context.
There is also a bibliography, a glossary of technical terms and an index of artists, authors and composers. The Bible in Music will fascinate anyone familiar with the Bible, but it is also designed to encourage choirs, musicians, musicologists, lecturers, teachers and students of music and religious education to discover and perform some less well-known pieces, as well as helping them to listen to familiar music with a fresh awareness of what it is about.

The Bible in Music by John F. A. Sawyer; Siobhan Dowling Long was published by Rowman & Littlefield in November 2015. The ISBN for The Bible in Music is 9780810884519.

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Details for The Bible in Music

Page last updated 14th October 2016
Author / Artist
Book FormatHardback
PublisherRowman & Littlefield (November 2015)
Number of Pages356
Thickness32 mm
Height229 mm
Width152 mm
Product Code4329969
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