Catholic Music through the Ages

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Balancing the Needs of a Worshipping Church

Examining the role of music in the liturgical life of the Church, Deacon Edward Schaefer seeks to promote a more dynamic balance between the expressive and formative qualities of liturgical music. He examines the structure of the Mass both before and after the Second Vatican Council, offering a brief overview of the history and development of liturgical music from the eighth century Carolingian Renaissance to the contemporary implementation of the reforms of the Second Vatican Council. Concluding with a thoughtful analysis of the current state of liturgical music.

Edward Schaefer, MSM, DMA, is currently the Associate Dean for Academic and Student Services for the College of Fine Arts at the University of Florida. Also a Professor of Music, Deacon Schaefer served as chair for the department of music at Gonzaga University for twelve years prior to his current position. An experienced composer and performer, he has served as both organist and choir director at various Roman Catholic parishes. He received the President’s Award for Teaching Excellence in 1999 and has published numerous journal articles and monographs.

    Book Details

    • Product Code: HCMA 
    • ISBN: 978-1-59525-020-9
    • Pages: 260 
    • Author: Edward Schaefer
    • Size: 6 x 9
    • Binding: Paperback 
    • Language: English 
    • Copyright Year: 2008

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