Luther's Liturgical Music: Principles and Implications  -     By: Robin A. Leaver
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Luther's Liturgical Music: Principles and Implications

Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co. / 2007 / Paperback

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Martin Luther's relationship to music has been downplayed in both scholarly and lay communities, yet music played a vital role in Luther's life---and he in turn had a deep and lasting effect on Christian hymnody. Luther's Liturgical Music comprehensively explores these connections.

Robin Leaver first considers previous studies of Luther and music, noting their strengths and weaknesses and shedding light on common misconceptions. He continues with thorough study of Luther's life-long experience of music, both popular and sacred, and his theological understanding of music. Leaver further discusses music written by Luther, his reforms of liturgical music, and the ongoing impact of his theology of music in the Lutheran church.

Replete with tables, figures, and musical examples, this is the most extensive study on Luther and music ever published. Though a formidable contribution to Reformation studies, worship leaders, musicians, and others will also find it an invaluable, very readable resource.

Robin A. Leaver is professor of sacred music at Westminster Choir College of Rider University and visiting professor at the Julliard School, New York City.

Product Information

Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 512
Vendor: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.
Publication Date: 2007
Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 (inches)
ISBN: 0802832210
ISBN-13: 9780802832214
Series: Lutheran Quarterly

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Martin Luther's relationship to music has been largely downplayed, yet music played a vital role in Luther's life -- and he in turn had a deep and lasting effect on Christian hymnody. In Luther's Liturgical Music Robin Leaver comprehensively explores these connections. Replete with tables, figures, and musical examples, this volume is the most extensive study on Luther and music ever published. Leaver's work makes a formidable contribution to Reformation studies, but worship leaders, musicians, and others will also find it an invaluable, very readable resource.

Editorial Reviews

Christoph Wolff
— Harvard University
"This impressive study of Luther's liturgical music addresses a multiplicity of important aspects. It demonstrates how Luther's experience as a musician and his theological reflections on music form the background to his extensive liturgical reforms, emphasizes the teaching function of congregational hymns, presents a focused and well-rounded picture of the historical foundations of Lutheran church music, and considers the far-reaching consequences of Luther's thoughts and reforms through J. S. Bach. Robin Leaver's fine book will serve as a most welcome compendium on a subject that has never been so expertly treated."

Paul Westermeyer
— Luther Seminary
"If you want a comprehensive, detailed, and up-to-date summary of Martin Luther's work in relation to music and worship, along with commentary, here it is. Robin Leaver has searched out, organized, and summarized the sources. His extensive footnotes make it possible for others to follow his steps and draw their own conclusions, but what emerges as virtually unassailable is the critical importance of music in Luther's reforming efforts, in the work of his colleagues, and in the Lutheran tradition that followed him. This book helps us understand both Luther and the Lutheran heritage in a clearer and more accurate light."

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