Foundations of Christian music: the music of pre-Constantinian Christianity

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Liturgical Press, 1996 - Music - 111 pages
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In the study of Christian liturgical music, the first three centuries of the Christian era are foundational. Seldom, however, does this period receive serious attention from scholars. One of the reasons for this oversight is the fluid auditory environment of this period, and the inadequacy of the Western concept of "music" to describe this environment. Foundations of Christian Music addresses this lacuna by exploring the auditory environment of first-century Judaism and emerging Christianity until the time of Constantine (d. 337). Through a consideration of the text, styles, forms, performance, and settings of Jewish and early Christian worship, Foundations offers an unusually rich perspective on the lyrical nature of emerging Christian worship.

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Edward Foley, Capuchin, PhD, is Professor of Liturgy and Music, and founding Director of the Ecumenical Doctor of Ministry Program at Catholic Theological Union. He is author of From Age to Age: How Christians Have Celebrated the Eucharist (revised and expanded edition, Liturgical Press, 2008) and is coeditor of and contributor to A Commentary on the General Instruction of the Roman Missal (Liturgical Press, 2008).

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