Music and the Liturgy

  • Raymond Warren


Music can have an uplifting effect on a church service — we all know that; yet surprisingly little thought has been given to how it best functions in this regard.’ Is it merely an adornment of words which would be sufficient in themselves without such adornment? Some liturgists, I believe, would not now think so: they have found it very difficult to find words totally adequate to their task and have suggested a more comprehensive approach, embracing from the outset not only words but also music and action.


Religious Experience Church Service Musical Symbol Uplifting Effect Contemporary Dance 
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    See L. Lockwood, Introduction to Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina: Pope Marcullus Mass, Norton Critical Scores (New York, 1975).Google Scholar
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    See the chapter on music in Shakespeare in W.H. Auden, The Dyer’s Hand (London, 1963).Google Scholar
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    See D.J. Grout, A Short History of Opera, 2nd edn (New York and London, 1965).Google Scholar

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© David Jasper and R. C. D. Jasper 1990

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