A History of English Church Music
Author: Andrew Gant
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
View: 4112In this expansive cultural history, Andrew Gant traces English sacred music from the Latin chant of late antiquity to the great proliferation and diversification of styles seen in contemporary repertoires. The book explores church music in its great variety of forms and performance contexts: cathedral music and music performed at small country parishes, hymns sung in church and at gatherings, all the way up to today's mixture and hybridization of the traditional and contemporary styles. Most of all, it illuminates how political battles and sweeping changes in worship affected the church music profession; how musicians, clergy, and worshipers responded; and how the repertory was reinvented many times over as a result. This work was first brought out by Profile Books in 2015. The author has contributed a new preface for our edition, offering reflections on English church music in its American contexts.