Category Archives: Music and the Reformation

The Effects of the English Reformation on the English People: Outdoors to Indoors?

An interesting summary by Scarisbrick as to how the changes wrought in the Reformation affected the religious lives of the people of England: It effected a shift from a religion of symbol and allegory, ceremony and formal gesture to one that … Continue reading

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Paul Gerhardt, “Give to the Winds Thy Fears”

Give to the winds thy fears, Hope and be undismayed. God hears thy sighs and counts thy tears, God shall lift up thy head. Through waves and clouds and storms, He gently clears thy way; Wait thou His time; so … Continue reading

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Teaching Children Hymns: Douglas Bond and Mr. Pipes

If you would like to teach your children hymnody, you really ought to consider the resource I reviewed over at Religious Affections, the Mr. Pipes series by Douglas Bond.  These books will teach your children (and you!) about hymnody, church … Continue reading

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Martin Luther on hymnody

A good post on Martin Luther’s hymnody over at InternetMonk, focusing on Luther’s hymn “Dear Christians, One and All, Rejoice.” I particularly enjoyed this quotation from Luther regarding his hymnic efforts: Accordingly, to make a good beginning and to encourage … Continue reading

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