Christian Music Hardback
A Global History
by Tim Dowley;
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Music is at the heart of the world's cultural heritage, and is often invoked as numinous or spiritual. It has certainly played a key part in the history of Christianity, with many of the greatest composers creating music for worship.
In this fascinating book, Tim Dowley traces the history of Christian music. He divides the book into three parts: 1) Gloria Deo in Excelsis - the first sixteen centuries from the Jewish tradition to the late Renaissance 2) From Choir-stall to Concert Hall - after the Reformation 3) Let the People Sing - hymns and spiritual songs including the medieval tradition, the African American tradition and Orthodox worship. Each section of the book includes special features on key subjects or figures.
Christian Music by Tim Dowley was published by Lion Hudson in August 2011 and is our 9397th best seller. The ISBN for Christian Music is 9780745953243.
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Christian MusicMartin Brasier, via The Good Book Stall
This is a beautiful book. Within its copiously illustrated pages (264 of them, from title page to index) it charts the history of Christian music of all kinds, both inside and outside the church, and across many cultures. It begins with a look at the instruments and practice of Old Testament times, and runs through to the start of the 21st century. The book has 21 chapters, interspersed with feature articles (again well illustrated) from guest contributors. Throughout, the text has clear sub-headings, and the style is very readable. All these virtues make it a joy to dip into.
To cover so much ground in a relatively small space is a remarkable achievement, and when you read the book from cover to cover, a couple of the shortcomings mentioned in the foreword do become apparent:- the mistakes, and an inevitable tendency for some parts of it to be little more than name-checking lists. Also, while the illustrations of people and places are lovely, I found myself wishing for a few more examples of music to illustrate what the text was describing.
None of this detracts from the pleasure this book gives. It makes a fine coffee table book, and at about 10 x 8 inches is suitable even for small coffee tables.
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Details for Christian Music
|Author / Artist||Tim Dowley|
|Publisher||Lion Hudson (August 2011)|
|Number of Pages||264|
|Page last updated||6th December 2017|