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Music in Early Christian Literature

Music in Early Christian Literature

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Part of Cambridge Readings in the Literature of Music

  • Date Published: November 1989
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521376242

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  • This book provides a collection of some 400 passages on music from early Christian literature - New Testament to c. 450 AD - newly translated from the original Greek, Latin, and Syriac. As there are no musical sources of the period, music historians must rely upon remarks about music in literary sources to gain some knowledge of early Christian liturgical music. This volume makes a large and representative collection of the material conveniently available. The passages are arranged chronologically and regionally in eleven chapters with brief commentary. An introduction sets out the major subjects and themes of the original source material.

    • Presents large collection of material in accessible format
    • New, lucid, translations
    • Available in paperback
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    Reviews & endorsements

    'This is a book to be grateful for, since the extracts are intelligently selected and helpfully commented on, while the new translations are as lucid as may be expected with such opaque writings.' The Times Literary Supplement

    'Professor McKinnon's book is a major landmark.' Music and Musicians

    'James McKinnon's book is a valuable secondary source, and it deserves to be read by all who have a serious interest in early Christian music and liturgy.' Music and Letters

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    • Date Published: November 1989
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521376242
    • length: 192 pages
    • dimensions: 230 x 153 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.325kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Preface
    Introduction
    1. The New Testament
    2. The Christian literature of the first and second centuries
    3. The Greek authors of the third century
    4. The western authors of the third and early fourth centuries
    5. Fourth-century Alexandria and desert monasticism
    6. Fourth-century Asia Minor: the Cappadocians
    7. Palestine, Antioch and Syria
    8. The Greek historians
    9. The Apostolic Constitutions, Egeria, and the eastern councils
    10. Western authors of the fourth and early fifth centuries
    11. Augustine and minor western authors
    Epilogue
    Bibliography
    Index of musical and liturgical terms and concepts.

  • Editor

    James W. McKinnon

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