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Worship Wars in Early Lutheranism Choir, Congregation and Three Centuries of Conflict

Joseph Herl


This book draws on hundreds of liturgical documents, contemporary accounts of services, books on church music, and other sources, and rewrites the history of music and congregational song in German Lutheran churches. In the popular imagination, Martin Luther is the father of congregational singing in the modern western church. In fact, the picture is much more complex, and a choral liturgy was dominant in Lutheran churches for many decades after Luther’s death. In some cities, congregations were urged to sing, and the congregation’s song developed more quickly there than in other places. But c ... More

Keywords: congregational singing, choral liturgy, Lutheran churches, congregational liturgy, hymnals, organ accompaniment of hymns, worship wars, musical style

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780195365849
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195365849.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Joseph Herl, author

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