Andrew Wilson-Dickson - The Story Of Christian Music (new edition) British Product

The Story Of Christian Music (new edition) by Andrew Wilson-Dickson

Cross Rhythms Rating: 3/10
Paperback Book
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Reviewed by Tony Cummings

When this handsomely designed large paperback arrived I went in search of my original hardback version Lion put out in 1992 and which has for years been gathering dust on one of the more obscure corners of the Cummings' bookshelf. Why gathering dust? Surely a book which set out to give a comprehensive history of Christian music (to quote from the front cover blurb, "from Gregorian Chant to Black Gospel") would be a well thumbed item for a Christian music editor. The problem is that Dr Wilson-Dickson, organist, composer and lecturer at the Welsh College of Music And Drama, is fine when dealing with ancient history - his chapters on Music In The Old Testament, The Monastic Tradition, The Romantic Movement and Revival In The 19th Century - are all concise pieces of history with colourful illustrations (always Lion's strong point). But the book becomes badly unstuck in the 20th century. The good doctor's writing on black gospel is pretty poor and particularly embarrassingly decides that gospel patriarch Thomas A Dorsey should be named Tommy Dorsey (the latter a white swing band leader). Also, to put in a couple of pages on popular Christian music at the end of the book doesn't begin to treat the rise of contemporary Christian music adequately. The fact that this book has been reissued by Lion without any attempt to update it is scandalous.

Genre: Music Related
Cross Rhythms Product Code: 28881
Product Format: Book
ISBN: 9780745951195
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 256
Publisher: Lion
Content Type: General book
Cat. Code: 9780745951195
Items: 1
Release Date: 1993

Just as the psalms were at the heart of worship in Jewish temple and synagogue, so music has been central to Christian worship since its beginning. Right through medieval times and the centuries since, some of the most creative musical geniuses have produced works to be performed as part of the life of the Christian church. The result is a great wealth of hymns, anthems, oratorios and other sacred music, from the direct and simple to the most ornate and complex. And from this rich store, organists and choirmasters in churches, chapels and cathedrals throughout the world draw hymns and other music for worship today.

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