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Author Troeger, Thomas H., 1945- author

Title Music as prayer : the theology and practice of church music / Thomas H. Troeger
Published New York : Oxford University Press, 2013


Description 1 online resource (108 pages)
Contents Cover; Contents; Foreword; Introduction; 1. Music and the Making of Meaning; Music and Metaphor; When the World Falls Apart; Salutary Harmonies; The Great Mighty Ocean Tone; Plucked from the Universe; The Deeper Meaning of Inspiring Music; The Whole Company of Musicians; Church Organist Declared Greatest Composer; How Do You Sing Sanctus, Sanctus, Sanctus?; To What End Beauty?; 2. The Materiality of Making Music; The Stone Age Ancestors of Organists; Music that Can Never Be Recorded; The Piece You Thought You Would Never Play; How Beautiful and Astounding Are the Feet
The Freedom of ConstraintSilence as the Prelude to Sound; The Rhetoric of Breath; Before the First Note: Getting Centered; Wrong Notes in a Splendid Performance; 3. Music and the Landscape of the Soul; Study Tour of the Human Soul; Musical Hometown; An Antidote to Cognitive Imperialism; The Necessity of Beauty; Children of Process; Escaping the Hubris of the Present Moment; The Perfect Registration; Music for Facing Temptation and Wild Beasts; Season of Lament; Unacknowledged Healing; Plain and Simple, Rich and Complex; A Gigue for Everyone to Dance; 4. Music for the Seasons of Faith
Waiting as BlessingRehearsing for an Epiphany; A New Song for Christmas?; Song that Blesses Earth; New Year's Resolution: Not Exactly as the Composer Wanted; Music Born of Resurrection; Index; A; B; C; D; E; F; G; H; I; J; K; L; M; N; O; P; R; S; T; V; W
Summary Music as Prayer explores the spiritual and theological character of church music. Author Thomas H. Troeger--a theologian, preacher, poet and flutist-traces how making and listening to music can be an act of prayer, a way of sensing the irrepressible resilience of the divine vitalities, in down-to-earth language that everyone can enjoy. The book employs a wide range of perspectives: from scientific observations about the effect of music on the brain, to the insights of early church fathers about the place of music in worship, to the compositions of great composers and their reflections upon their art, to the Bible and theologians, to organists, choir directors and instrumentalists, to hymnists and poets. Listening to the wisdom of these varied tribes, Troeger finds them to be a cloud of witnesses, a choir giving testimony to how music puts the human heart in touch with the spirit in times of sorrow and seeking, in times of joy and gratitude. The book is addressed to listeners and performers alike, instrumentalists and singers, clergy and seminarians, worship committees and congregation members, scholars and teachers of liturgy and sacred music. It helps musicians and clergy to develop a mutual understanding of the theological and spiritual dimensions of their collaborative work. As a whole, the book celebrates the ministry of making music that awakens people to those gifts of the spirit that sustain hope, promote healing, and enliven a visionary faith in the possibility of a transformed world
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Church music
Music in churches
Music -- Religious aspects -- Christianity
Church music.
Music in churches.
Music -- Religious aspects -- Christianity.
RELIGION -- Christianity -- General.
Genre/Form Electronic books
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0199330093
Other Titles Essays. Selections