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Music and Theology in the European Reformations

David Burn, Grantley Robert McDonald, Joseph Verheyden, Peter De Mey (eds)

  • Pages: 500 p.
  • Size:178 x 254 mm
  • Illustrations:33 b/w, 31 tables b/w.
  • Language(s):English
  • Publication Year:2019

  • ISBN: 978-2-503-58226-9
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A multidisciplinary collection of twenty essays that examine the debates and controversies around music and theology during the period of the European Reformations from both Catholic and various Protestant perspectives.


“(...) bleibt als Fazit eine der lesenswertesten und anregendsten Sammlungen, die zum Thema Musik und Theologie der Reformationszeit innerhalb der letzten Jahre erscheinen sind.” ( Prof. Dr. Christian Thomas Leitmeir, in Die Tonkunst, 1/14, 2020, p. 82)

« En sus de l’apport des différents champs disciplinaires, on note aussi un intérêt bienvenu pour l’approche matérielle, économique et sociale du répertoire, tout au long d’un ouvrage de tous points de vue intéressant et à la facture éditoriale soignée. » (Théodora Psychoyou, Revue de musicologie, 106/1, 2020, p. 279)

“Der Band versammelt eine Vielzahl von neuen Forschungsfragen und -ergebnissen und macht dabei deutlich, dass sich hier sowohl theologische als auch musikalische Fragen derart gegenseitig durchdringen, dass sie nur vor einem solch weiten kulturwissenschaftlichen Horizont angemessen zu verstehen und zu bearbeiten sind.” (Harald Schroeter-Wittke, dans Francia Recensio, 2, 2020)

“The book is handsomely produced and comes with a generous supply of images—usually pages from manuscripts or printed books—and tables.” (Michael O’Connor, dans Renaissance et Réforme, 43/1, 2020, p. 219)




David J. Burn is associate professor of musicology and head of the Early Music Research Group at the University of Leuven.

Grantley McDonald is a postdoctoral researcher and lecturer in the department of musicology, University of Vienna.


Throughout the history of the Church, music has regularly been placed under the critical microscope. Nonetheless, the intensity of thought concerning music’s role in the liturgy and in spiritual life in general reached a peak during the period of the European Reformations. This multidisciplinary collection examines the debates and controversies around music and theology during that time from both Catholic and various Protestant perspectives. It includes twenty essays from musicologists, theologians, Biblical scholars, and Church historians that attempt to answer the following questions: What difference did the theological and ecclesiological developments of the sixteenth century make to musical forms and practices? What continuities of practice existed with former times? How was the desire to restore the church to an imagined pristine state manifest in music and liturgy? How did developments in exegesis arising from the massively increased knowledge and access to the Bible in Hebrew and Greek affect the way composers wrote and congregations heard? Why did some reformers embrace music, while others rejected it?


David J. Burn and Grantley McDonald: Music, Theology, and the European Reformations


Daniel Trocmé-Latter: Music, Heretics, and Reformers
Henk Jan de Jonge: Sibyls and their Oracles in Christian literature from Hermas to Lassus
Marie-Alexis Colin: Sibylline Prophecies and Christmas Songs in Music in Sixteenth-Century France: From Theology to Politics and Controversy


Miikka Anttila: “Geistliche, liebliche Lieder”: In Search of Aesthetic Criteria for Music in Luther’s Theology
Thomas Schmidt: In Search of “Lutheran” Music in Post-Reformation Germany: Aspects of Transmission and Repertoire
Mattias Lundberg: “Vos ad se pueri”: Exegesis, Learning, and Piety in Lutheran School Songs 1521–c. 1650
Alanna Ropchock Tierno: “Das ist eine harte Rede; wer kann sie hören?”: The Lutheran Copies of Josquin’s Missa Pange lingua
Inga Mai Groote: Music in David Chytraeus’s In Deuteronomium Mosis enarratio (1575)


David J. Burn and Grantley McDonald: Leonhard Paminger’s Public Image
Elisabeth Giselbrecht: Printing, Politics, and Power: Music Publishing in Early Seventeenth-Century Bi-confessional Frankfurt
Sarah Davies: Kirchen Cron or Baalsfeldzeichen? The Organ as a Sign of Confessional Identity, 1560–1660


Gioia Filocamo: “Canti figurati che sogliono relassare il spirito et la vera osservanza”: Music in Italian Nunneries after the Council of Trent
Xavier Bisaro: New Sins for New Sounds? A Casuistic View of French Renaissance Music
Frank Dobbins†: Janequin and Theology
Nils Holger Petersen: Continuity and Change: The Official Danish Lutheran Gradual of Niels Jesperssøn (1573)
Hyun-Ah Kim: Singing, Prayer, and Sacrifice: The Neo-Platonic Revival of Musica humana in the Swiss Reformation
Beat Föllmi: The Strasbourg Psalter (1537/38): A “Missing Link” for European Hymnology?
Andrew Cichy: Out of Place? The Role of Music in English seminaries During the Late Sixteenth and Early Seventeenth Centuries
Peter Malisse: Blind Spot or Lasting Trace (Post-)Victorian Perceptions of the Henrician Reformation