The role of the organ in Moravian sacred music between 1740-1840

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Timothy Paul Duncan (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Kathryn Eskey

Abstract: The purpose of this document was to ascertain the role of the organ in Moravian religious activities between 1740 and 1840, Organ accompaniment, which included the performance of hymns, liturgies, and choral anthems, was a vital part of all forms of congregational singing. The primary role of the organ was to provide harmonic support for congregational singing. Religious services that were primarily for singing included the Singing Hour, the Liturgy Hour, the Congregational Hour, and the Lovefeast. Music in the Singing Hour consisted of chorale verses joined in succession and based on a unifying theme. The Liturgy Hour made use of two types of music: music composed for the liturgy, which included chant, canticles, and choral settings of the liturgy; and hymn liturgies, which were liturgies set to familiar chorale tunes. The Congregation Hour was similar to the Singing Hour and Liturgy Hour in the use of chorales and liturgies. Choral anthems by choirs in the community were also included in the Congregation Hour.

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Language: English
Date: 1989
Moravian Church
Organ music $x History and criticism
Church music

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