MUS 513 Sacred Music in the Church: A History and Philosophy
Faculty: Dr. Brian J. Taylor (Profile)
ABOUT THE COURSE
This course is designed to give the student a thorough grounding in the history of Christian sacred music with an emphasis on the theological and cultural influences which affected its development. This history will deal primarily with the dominant European tradition, but it will also look at non-Western traditions, both in terms of their own integrity and in terms of their interplay with the European tradition. In addition, it will examine a number of parallel developments from the last 200 years. From this study the student will gain an understanding of the different philosophies that led to the great diversity of styles and performance practices in Christian sacred music. As the student encounters these different philosophies the student can develop or refine his/her own philosophy of sacred music in the Church.