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Music in American Religious Experience

Philip V. Bohlman, Edith Blumhofer, and Maria Chow


Since the appearance of The Bay Psalm Book in 1640, music has served as a defining factor for American religious experience. Music is crucial to the maintenance of the belief systems that account for multiculturalism in American denominationalism. The sacred musics of North America symbolize the unifying factors of worship shaping the historical landscape, and give voice to the diversity that distinguishes the religious experiences as American. This book studies the ways in which music shapes the distinctive presence of religion in the United States and Canada. The sixteen contributors of this ... More

Keywords: denominationalism, ethnic, hymnody, immigrants, interdisciplinary, Judeo-Christian, multiculturalism, North America, racial, worship

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2005 Print ISBN-13: 9780195173048
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2008 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195173048.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Philip V. Bohlman, editor
University of Chicago
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Edith Blumhofer, editor
Institute for the Study of American Evangelicals, Wheaton College

Maria Chow, editor
Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts

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