Sing a New Song


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By: Brian Fletcher
Code: P700696

Australian hymnody and the renewal of the Church since the 1960's

This challenging book breaks new ground in the field of Australian religious history by exploring the much neglected field of hymnody. It centres on the work of the Australian Hymn Book committee and the publication of the Australian Hymn Book and Together in Song, compilations that placed Australia on the world map of hymnody for the first time. Sing a New Song explores the way in which these two hymnals evolved through a complex and demanding compilation and editorial process based on a firm belief that hymns are rich cultural artefacts possessing the capacity to influence the mindset and outlook of those who sing them. This book draws attention to the expansive spirit of goodwill that marked the work of the Hymn Book Committee and its contribution to the rise and spread of ecumenism in Australia over more than four decades. This book also shows that these hymnals helped to revive parts of the Australian Church and energised their public worship. It will interest anyone with an interest in the history of Australian religion and music.

Paperback 280p

ISBN: 9781921577079
Media Type: Book

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