Hymns of the Reformation

For Martin Luther and John Calvin, music was an essential means of communicating the teachings of the Reformation. In their eyes, hymns, psalters, choirs, and organs were not only capable of creating “sermons in sound” but also of shaping Christian piety and promoting private devotion. This course will explore the role of music and hymnody in the spread of the Reformation from the time of Luther and Calvin to the earliest churches in America. We will address topics including: Catholic views on music prior to the Reformation, the origins of Protestant hymnody, the function of metrical psalms in Reformed worship, the role of hymns in education, and on-going debates about the use of “secular” music in church liturgy.
Taught by: Dr. Jens Korndörfer and Dr. Ryan Bonfiglio

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