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Readings in African American church music and worship
Abbington, James.
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Chicago, IL : GIA Publications, Inc., 2001.
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xxi, 594 pages ; 26 cm
Historical perspectives. Of the faith of the fathers / William Edward Burghardt DuBois ; The Negro spiritual / John W. Work, III ; Introducing the African American churches / William D. Watley ; The performed word: music and the Black church / C. Eric Lincoln and Lawrence H. Mamiya ; The use and performance of hymnody, spirituals and gospels in the Black church / Portia K. Maultsby ; In the world but not of it / Cheryl J. Sanders -- Surveys of hymnals and hymnody. African American song in the nineteenth century / Irene V. Jackson-Brown ; Hymnals of the Black church / Eileen Southern ; Published hymnals in the African American tradition / Melva Wilson Costen ; Black hymnody / Wendell P. Whalum ; Hymnody of the African American church / Don Lee White -- Liturgical hymnody. The liturgy of the Roman rite and African American worship / J-Glenn Murray ; The gift of African American sacred song / Sister Thea Bowman ; Music among Blacks in the Episcopal Church: Some preliminary considerations / Irene V. Jackson-Brown ; Why an African American hymnal? / Harold T. Lewis ; Hymns and songs: performance notes / Horace Clarence Boyer ; Service music: performance notes / Carl Haywood ; Worship and culture: an African American Lutheran perspective / Joseph A. Donella, II, John Nunes and Karen M. Ward ; Leading African American song / Mellonee V. Burnim -- Worship. Worship activities / Benjamin Elijah Mays and Joseph William Nicholson ; The tradition of worship / William D. Watley ; Some aspects of Black worship / Charles G. Adams ; The liturgy of Zion / William B. McClain ; Encountering Jesus in worship / Zan W. Holmes, Jr. ; The dynamics of Black worship / Edward P. Wimberly ; Definitions of praising and a look at Black worship / Brenda Eatman Aghahowa ; Indicted / V. Michael McKay -- Composers. Church music by Black composers: a bibliography / William Burres Garcia ; Introduction / Evelyn Davidson White ; Black composers and religious music / Geneva Southall -- The organ. A history of the pipe organ in the Black church / Wayne A. Barr ; The church organist, African American organ music, and the worship service: a useful guide / Mickey Thomas Terry ; Service playing for organists / James Abbington -- Contemporary perspectives. What lies ahead? / Wyatt Tee Walker ; Conflict and controversy in Black religious music / Mellonee V. Burnim ; Church music: a position paper / Wendell Phillips Whalum ; Music and worship in the Black church / J. Wendell Mapson, Jr. ; Black sacred music: problems and possibilities / Jeremiah A. Wright, Jr. ; Christ against culture: anticulturalism in the gospel of gospel / Jon Michael Spencer ; I am the holy dope dealer: the problem with gospel music today / Obery M. Hendricks, Jr.
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This volume is a monumental assemblage of essays and articles discussing the role of music and worship in African American churches. A century's worth of writing--some previously unpublished--includes pieces from pastors, scholars, theologians, historians, ethnomusicologists, organists, and choral conductors. Topics include historical perspectives, surveys of hymnals and hymnody, liturgical hymnody, worship, composers, organs, and contemporary perspectives.

Author Notes

James Abbington is an associate professor of music at Shaw University and the author of Let Mt. Zion Rejoice . He lives in Raleigh, North Carolina.