The University of Mississippi

Music 516: American Hymnody and Sacred Song

Warren Steel
232 Music Building

A survey of psalmody, hymnody and sacred song styles in the United States: their development from 1600 to the present and their influence on U.S. and world music. (3 credits)
The origin and development of American religious song will be examined from its roots in native and immigrant societies from 1600 the present. Live performances, films and recorded music will be studied as well as written sources. Our study will not be limited to Christian hymnody, but will include songs from Native American, Jewish, Hindu, Islamic and pagan/new age traditions, while focusing on Catholic and Protestant music from colonial times and their development, in relation to folk and popular religious cultures.


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