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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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Abstract

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: 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
Subjects: D - Religious Education
College/Association with University of Divinity: Trinity College Theological School
Depositing User: Dr Suman Kashyap
Date Deposited: 19 Feb 2014 03:22
Last Modified: 18 May 2018 00:05
URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/1324

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