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How important was music to Martin Luther? Drawing on hundreds of liturgical documents, contemporary accounts of services, books on church music, and other sources, Joseph Herl rewrites the history of music and congregational song in German Lutheran churches. He traces the path of Lutheran church music to show how they acquired their reputation as the "singing church". Herl writes with academic precision and clarity, for specialists and non-specialists alike. Focussing on events, peoples, ideas and anecdotal evidence, Herl draws readers inside his story and gives them a vivid sense of what it would have been like to attend a Lutheran church from the sixteenth to the eighteenth century.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780195154399
ISBN-10: 0195154398
Format: Hardback
(244mm x 162mm x 28mm)
Pages: 366
Imprint: Oxford University Press Inc
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Publish Date: 8-Jul-2004
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Joseph Herl

Joseph Herl is assistant Professor of Music at Concordia University, where he teaches courses in music history, music theory, and church music. He has also published compositions for choir and organ.