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Music in American Religious Experience$
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Philip V. Bohlman, Edith Blumhofer, and Maria Chow

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780195173048

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195173048.001.0001

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 Prayer on the Panorama

 Prayer on the Panorama

Music and Individualism in American Religious Experience

(p.233) 10 Prayer on the Panorama
Music in American Religious Experience

Philip V. Bohlman (Contributor Webpage)

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This chapter shifts the focus of the book from congregations, immigrant groups, and collective experience to the role of individuals and the concept of individualism in shaping American religious experience. Case studies of sacred musicians and music publishers, such as Alfred Grimm and David Einhorn, who variously reflect individualism in Lutheranism and Judaism, illustrate the ways in which discourse networks and embodied musical experience empower the individual to find a place against the metaphorical representation of vast American landscapes as panoramas. Hymnals are examined as personal and personalized collections of sacred song. The chapter concludes by examining the ways in which sacred music allows for processes of otherness, resistance, and the assertion of individuality.

Keywords:   collective, David Einhorn, Alfred Grimm, hymnals, Judaism, Lutheranism, panorama, publishers

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