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American Presbyterian Worship and the Organ

Title: American Presbyterian Worship and the Organ.
Name(s): Hehn, Jonathan Jakob, author
Brewer, Charles, professor co-directing treatise
Corzine, Michael, professor co-directing treatise
Mathes, James, university representative
Shaftel, Matthew, committee member
Beckman, Seth, committee member
College of Music, degree granting department
Florida State University, degree granting institution
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Issuance: monographic
Date Issued: 2013
Publisher: Florida State University
Florida State University
Place of Publication: Tallahassee, Florida
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: The use of the organ in worship was a late development for Presbyterians when compared with many other denominations in the United States. With a some notable exceptions, most churches did not introduce organs into their sanctuaries until the latter part of the nineteenth century or later, and even then often after much debate. The Puritan and Calvinist theologies that undergirded early American Presbyterianism produced a climate which was often hostile toward the instrument. There have been many studies documenting the history and theologies of American Presbyterian parishes and denominations, and some general studies on the worship of those traditions. There have also been studies documenting the organ building industry in America and studies surveying the organ literature of the colonial and post-colonial eras. However, until now there has been no attempt to document how the organ was actually used within the context of American Presbyterian worship. The references addressing this question in the existing literature are anecdotal at best. The purpose of this document is to examine the use of the organ in American Presbyterian worship from the colonial period to the beginning of the twentieth century through a series of case studies. For background knowledge it draws upon sources discussing the nature of worship, music, and the church, especially from colonial Puritan, Enlightenment, and evangelical Presbyterian thinkers. The bulk of each chapter is devoted to outlining the documentable worship history of a particular parish, but each chapter has also been fitted (to the extent possible), with reconstructed orders of worship and either documented or fabricated "thick" descriptions of that parish as well as pictorial evidence. By examining the history of the organ in Presbyterian worship, this document will also shed light on the historical controversy over the organ in America in general and the nature of current controversies in over instruments in worship.
Identifier: FSU_migr_etd-7417 (IID)
Submitted Note: A Treatise submitted to the College of Music in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Music.
Degree Awarded: Summer Semester, 2013.
Date of Defense: June 28, 2013.
Keywords: church, liturgy, organ, presbyterian, worship
Bibliography Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Advisory Committee: Charles Brewer, Professor Co-Directing Treatise; Michael Corzine, Professor Co-Directing Treatise; James Mathes, University Representative; Matthew Shaftel, Committee Member; Seth Beckman, Committee Member.
Subject(s): Music
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