New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1962.
Hardcover. 8 3/4" X 6 3/4". xxii, 263pp. Book presents nicely with unclipped dust jacket encased in protective archival sleeve. Wear to jacket with rubbing, toning, creasing, and chipping to covers, corners, and edges. LIght toning and gentle bumps to covers, corners, and edges of green cloth over boards. Dust-spotting to edges of text block. Pages are clean and unmarked. Binding is sound.
ABOUT THIS BOOK:
Solidly based on the scientific research of scholars, but free from needless professional technicalities, this volume treats both the liturgical text of church services and the words of the hymns together with the music that has grown up with them as parts of an indivisible whole attuned to the worship of God. The lecture series given by Canon Douglas at the invitation of the Committee of the Hale Foundation at the Seabury-Western Theological Seminary has served as the basis for the extensive synthesis which the author has accomplished in this volume. In preparing the work he has had in mind primarily the needs of Clergy, Seminarians and Organists, as well as interested laymen, and it is his purpose to teach as clearly and concisely as possible the underlying principles of musical worship, too often forgotten or never acquired. His work first traces the relationship between worship and music from the beginning of the Christian Church to the present time. The author has not attempted to give a detailed history of the art of music, but has followed the development of Christian liturgical worship and the Christian Hymns with the music that expressed them in significant periods of Church History. He then arrives at practical and intelligent conclusions regarding the present musical worship of the Church and promulgates, and illustrates the principles that should govern the composition, the choice, and the performance of liturgical Church Music today.(Publisher). Good / good. Item #11318