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A volume from the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship Liturgical Studies series, The Whole Church Sings forwards an authoritative study and introduction to Lutheran hymnody and early history by renowned musicologist and Reformation scholar, Robin Leaver. In this books, Leaver challenges the view that asserts congregational singing was not established in Lutheran worship until well after the start of the Reformation, presenting new research to confirm the earlier view that congregational singing was both the intention and the practice right from the beginning of the Wittenberg reforms in worship.
Leaver's study focuses on the Wittenberg hymnal of 1526, which until now has received little scholarly attention. This hymnal, Leaver argues, shows how the Lutheran Reformation was to a large degree defined, expressed, promoted, and taken to heart through early Lutheran hymns. Examining what has been forgotten or neglected about the origins of congregational hymnody under Martin Luther's leadership, this study of worship, music, and liturgy is a significant contribution to Reformation scholarship.
|Title: The Whole Church Sings: Congregational Singing in Luther's Wittenberg|
By: Robin A. Leaver
Number of Pages: 184
Vendor: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.
Publication Date: 2017
|Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 (inches)|
Weight: 11 ounces
Stock No: WW873752
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"Though focused on a significant reevaluation of one specific hymnal published in Wittenberg in 1526, this book is a virtuosic study of Lutheran congregational song in its formative first two decades (151736). The depth and breadth of Leaver's erudition are dazzling. This is the lucid and detailed account of the origins of Protestant hymnody that we have been awaiting."
—Stephen A. Crist, Emory University
"Robin Leaver is one of the leading scholars of the musical traditions of the Reformation. In this detailed and comprehensive study he presents and discusses the rich contributions of both Luther and the Wittenberg Reformation to congregational hymns. This is an important book both for historians of music and for liturgical studies."
—Bryan D. Spinks, Yale Institute of Sacred Music
"A most welcome addition to Reformation studies generally and to Luther's contribution to the church's song particularly. The text tells the story, but for those who want even more details, the footnotes and appendices amply provide the data to pursue them. We owe Leaver deep and abiding gratitude."
—Paul Westermeyer, Luther Seminary, St. Paul, Minnesota
"Drawing on a lifetime's experience and expertise, Leaver has charted not only a superb introduction to the world of Lutheran hymnody but also a fundamental rereading of its early history."
—Michael Marissen, author of Bach & God
"A masterful refutation of the relatively recent notion that congregational singing was not integral to Luther's program for the renewal of the liturgy. . . . A must-read!"
—William Weedon, LCMS Director of Worship
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