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By Erik Routley, Eric Routley, Lionel Dakers

ISBN-10: 0264674405

ISBN-13: 9780264674407

Starting from the medieval interval to the current day, this can be a short heritage of church song because it has constructed throughout the English culture. defined as "a fast journey", it presents a large historic survey instead of an in-depth learn of the topic, and likewise predicts most probably destiny tendencies.

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In nineteen years that is not, human nature being what it is, too formidable a list of charges, but this is the sort of thing puritan opinion made a great thing of. It was agreeable to people of that mind to depress others' standards of living and then blame them for taking their pleasure where they could find it; it is not easy to see how a vicarchoral in those days could take the Church very seriously. But when we have said all that—this is the great age of English Tudor music. What a fantastic contradiction that is!

It is fair to ask, then, why the first half of the century proves to be the source for so much hymnody which we now approve and know well. The answer must be that although many new psalters, celebrating in this miniature form the riches of the new music, were published between 1677 and 1740, almost all of them had no more than what we should now think of as private circulation. M. It may have been looked at in Watts's church and a few others, but as we now say it never 'got off the ground'. The only such music source with any hope of circulation was the Supplement (1708) to the New Version of the Psalms (Tate and Brady), which produced a very good, and very up-to-date, selection of tunes to go with the new Psalter.

Now it must be obvious that this is not all there is to say about the period we are here discussing. Three cathedral pieces of unassailable magnificence cannot be the whole musical story. Of course it is not; but music-making has, for the time being, passed into the hands of people who have nothing to do with the high culture of anglicanism: the evangelicals. The period of the Wesleyan campaign to re-Christianize Britain (it was nothing less) is externally notable—for I pass over the theological and spiritual aspects of it altogether—for a concerted and efficient rebellion against the social complacency of the age.

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