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Why do Lutherans sing? Lutherans, Music and the Gospel in the first century of the Reformation

Loewe, Andreas (2013) Why do Lutherans sing? Lutherans, Music and the Gospel in the first century of the Reformation. Church History, 82 (1). pp. 69-89. ISSN 0009-6407

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    Martin Luther regarded music as a crucial instrument to communicate the Gospel and the Reformation message. From the outset of his Reformation, a distinctive Lutheran musical tradition was fostered in electoral Saxony, its dependent territories and neighbouring principalities. A review of contemporary records from the second decade of the sixteenth century to the turn of the seventeenth century enables the assessment of the role music played as an educational and theological tool in the life of Lutheran communities: the School Ordinances of electoral Saxony and neighbouring principalities show the incorporation of music as a key curricular requirement in Lutheran education, while the Statutes of Lutheran choirs [Kantoreien illustrate how theologians, educators and musicians closely worked together to shape Lutheran communities centred on music-making, in order to reform worship, further the Reformation message and to create community cohesion.

    Item Type: Published Articles
    Repository Version: Proofs
    Keywords (separated by commas): Martin Luther, music
    Fields of Research: 22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220499 Religion and Religious Studies not elsewhere classified
    Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970122 Expanding Knowledge in Philosophy and Religious Studies
    Type of Activity: Strategic Basic Research
    Subject Area(s): D - Religious Education
    Association with University of Divinity: Other University of Divinity
    Depositing User: Dr Suman Kashyap
    Date Deposited: 19 Feb 2014 14:22
    Last Modified: 19 Feb 2014 14:22
    URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/1324

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