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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Ashgate; New edition edition (28 Mar. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1409451712
  • ISBN-13: 978-1409451716
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 15.2 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 790,191 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'An intriguing, fresh look at the existence and role of music and its sublime effect. What is it that is so special about sacred music?'Ralph Allwood, MBE, formerly Eton College, UK and Director,Eton Choral Courses'A valuable contribution to the study of sacred music in our world today.'Stephen Leyton, Trinity College, Cambridge, UK'As both a sacred musician and a scholar of historical theology, Jonathan Arnold is uniquely qualified to write this lucid and informed book. He tackles one of the most mysterious and fascinating questions in the area of theology and the arts: what is it about music that still appeals so vividly to modern people's sense of the spiritual? He explores this question in an engaging, open, accessible and enthusiastic way, bringing his own insights into conversation with some of the best-known composers, performers and theorists of sacred music at work today.'Ben Quash, King's College, London, UK

About the Author

Jonathan Arnold is Chaplain and Senior Research Fellow at Worcester College, Oxford. He is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, holds a Ph.D. from King's College, London and is author of Dean John Colet of St. Paul's: Humanism and Reform in Early Tudor England (London: I.B. Tauris, 2007) and The Great Humanists: An Introduction (London: I.B. Tauris, 2011). He is a former member of St. Paul's Cathedral Choir and has performed as a soloist with many leading British and European orchestras and has sung with many fine vocal ensembles, including The Tallis Scholars and Polyphony. He was a regular member of The Sixteen for many years, travelling all over the world and appearing on many recordings and broadcasts.

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There are interesting points on the influence of secular music upon the sacred but I confess I was hoping for a greater theological emphasis so was disappointed not to find it. There was little mention of the development of sacred music in the Catholic church and the theology thereof which might have been a counterpoint. The views of contemporary musicians were most interesting.
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By David Jaques on 27 July 2014
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a well written book with comments from those who really know their music
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could be better
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By j.s.Tallett on 30 Sept. 2014
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