New PDF release: Humanism and the Reform of Sacred Music in Early Modern

By Hyun-Ah Kim

John Merbecke (c.1505-c.1585) is most famed because the composer of the 1st musical surroundings of the English liturgy, The Booke of universal Praier famous (BCPN), released in 1550. not just was once Merbecke a pioneer in surroundings English prose to tune but in addition the compiler of the 1st Concordance of the full English Bible (1550) and of the 1st English encyclopaedia of biblical and theological stories, A Booke of Notes and customary areas (1581). through situating Merbecke and his paintings inside of a broader highbrow and religio-cultural context of Tudor England, this e-book demanding situations the prevailing stories of Merbecke in response to the slender theological method of the Reformation. additionally, it indicates a re-thinking of the present interpretative framework of Reformation musical historical past. at the foundation of the recent contextual learn of Merbecke, this e-book seeks to re-interpret his paintings, relatively BCPN, within the gentle of humanist rhetoric. It sees Merbecke as embodying the perfect of the 'Christian-musical orator', demonstrating that BCPN is an Anglican epitome of the Erasmian synthesis of eloquence, theology and track. The booklet therefore depicts Merbecke as a humanist reformer, via second look of his contributions to the advancements of vernacular track and literature in early glossy England. As such will probably be of curiosity, not just to church musicians, but in addition to historians of the Reformation and scholars of wider Tudor culture.

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