French-language Protestant singing (1705-2005)

French-language Protestant singing (1705-2005)

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Book of hymnology – and therefore of spirituality and theology –, French-language Protestant singing approaches hymns as religious poems set to music for congregational singing. The reader will discover eclectic choices: the Lutheran chorale (without forgetting Bach!), the song of the Revival, the popular hymn, the spirituals and poems of the 20th and 21st centuries. Precise and detailed, in the sources, the history, the versions of the hymns, and their possible uses in worship, it aims to enrich the practice of singing today.

Its appendices and indexes make it possible to find a hymn from the French, German, English or Latin title, by the melody, but also by the name of the lyricists and musicians, thus opening a window on the contribution of a multitude of believers to the Protestant song. The thematic index, the bibliographic headings and the conclusions encourage a transversal reading of hymnological themes.

“From a very in-depth knowledge of the Protestant multiplicity, and, beyond that, of the numerous ecumenical bridges, Stuart Ludbrook invites us to the intelligence of song. A discernment based on hymnological knowledge, theological insight, and rigorous historical contextualization” (Sébastien Fath).

Author: Stuart Ludbrook

ISBN: 9782755003918