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"Church Music and Theology" (1959)

Erik Routley (1917-1982), minister of Congregational Church in Scotland and chaplain in Oxford, wrote also "The Church and Music"(1950), "Hymns and Human Life" (1952), "The Music of Christian Hymnody" (1957), "The English Carol" (1958), "An English-Speaking Hymnal Guide" (1979) and "The Music of Christian Hymns" (1981).
He was music critic with a theological approach.
In 1957, Routley saw the disorder in the church music as a consequence of theological confusion.
To the God's grace must correspond the self-retraint of the artist. In Routley's time, the romantic ideal of the church musicians was seeking the melodic beauty. Actually, much of them seek the easy rhythm.
Inspired by Thomas Aquinas ("Summa Theologica") and C.S.Lewis ("Pilgrim's Regress"), Routley gives to church music a sense of theology, and to theology a sense of music. Back

"J.S.Bach", by Albert Schweitzer (1966)

This edition, in two volumes (New York, Dover, 1966), is a republication of the work originally published in english by Breitkopf and Hartel (1911), after the french (1905) and german (1908) editions.
Albert Schweitzer was a great musicologist; his book is one of the great full-lenght studies of the composer; it has probably been more quoted than any other and is among the definitive reference works on Bach.
The first volume contains a virtual history of Protestant church music and a full account of Bach's life.
The second volume is concerned with Bach's choral music. Schweitzer analyses the choral works and makes recommendations for performance. Back

"Haendel", by Christopher Hogwood (London: Thames and Hudson, 1985)

The author, renowned English conductor, takes us back to the original Haendel, blending the evidence from documents of all kinds with judicious biographical observations.
The concluding chapter traces the progress of the Haendel legend down to our own time.
The book is a excellent guide to the life and works of Haendel. Back

"Brahms", by Malcolm MacDonald (London: J.M.Dent, 1990)

This scotch writer stand the composer between the artistics currents of the romantic period to show the links of the musical production and personal character of Brahms. Back


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