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Rivals or a Team? Clergy-Musician Relationships in the Twenty-First Century
Collaboration between clergy and musicians is vital to the ministry of the Christian church. This book explores the importance of teamwork, identifying ways in which musicians and clergy can exercise their separate roles effectively, and suggesting strategies for building supportive relationships. Including heart-felt testimonies from musicians and clergy, Guenther takes a clear-eyedlook at conflict, reasons musicians leave a church, and approaches for transition when the situation just does not work any longer. This distinguished church musician and seminary professor encourages musicians and clergy to work together with mutuality and collegiality in order to fulfill the promise of their ministry. Forward by Paul Westermeyer.
Music and the Wesleys
Providing new insight into the Wesley family, the fundamental importance of music in the development of Methodism, and the history of art music in Britain, "Music and the Wesleys" examines more than 150 years of a rich music-making tradition in England. John Wesley and his brother Charles, founders of the Methodist movement, considered music to be a vital part of religion, while Charles's sons Charles and Samuel and grandson Samuel Sebastian were among the most important English composers of their time. This book explores the conflicts faced by the Wesleys but also celebrates their triumphs: John's determination to elevate the singing of his flock; the poetry of Charles's hymns and their musical treatment in both Britain and America; the controversial family concerts by which Charles launched his sons on their careers; the prolific output of Charles the younger; Samuel's range and rugged individuality as a composer; the oracular boldness of Sebastian's religious music and its reception around the English-speaking world. Exploring British concert life, sacred music forms, and hymnology, the contributors analyze the political, cultural, and social history of the Wesleys' enormous influence on English culture and religious practices. Contributors are Stephen Banfield, Jonathan Barry, Martin V. Clarke, Sally Drage, Peter S. Forsaith, Peter Holman, Peter Horton, Robin A. Leaver, Alyson McLamore, Geoffrey C. Moore, John Nightingale, Philip Olleson, Nicholas Temperley, J. R. Watson, Anne Bagnall Yardley, and Carlton R. Young.
as i sit on the floor and bow my head i wonder why my path has led me here for which purpose must i be rid of fear that lies in store for me somewhere aheadno way could i the turns have all foreseen nor prayed for all of life's given blessings for the angels would not reveal their wings until after the time they could be seenis it a door i hear, a voice, a pace or only an echo, a whim, a wraith a breeze, a thought, a threat without a facebe still my beating heart, oh do not race stay with me in…See More
now that the truth is out and edges the windup say did you really doubt of where you would end upjust right there where you are all alone in the night feeling more fraud than star and really not that brightnot completely grownup more bewildered than fine but still the wait is up time to come forth and shineseems you blew your thirties in healing from your teens in bending to worries and in blaming your genescloistered in priory yet life was not tranquil your want was fiery unending test of…See More
was it not all written in the divine memoirs on the nightly heaven as a pattern of starsthat the worst could happen at the perfect hour to rescue the fallen from haughtiness dourso that they could in turn save from the bonfire their fellow men who burn in confusion direwas it not all written well ahead of the time in words aptly chosen metered and set to rhymethat there's no simple way to rekindle nature but take what from the day provides shallow pleasureso that there's no option but to renew…See More
Here's a preview of an new book about Joseph Flummerfelt
In Conversations with Joseph Flummerfelt: Thoughts on Conducting, Music, and Musicians, Donald Nally presents a window into the mind and heart of one of America's most celebrated and distinguished choral…