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Neither Voice nor Heart Alone

German Lutheran Theology of Music in the Age of the Baroque


Joyce Irwin

In tracing theological approaches to music in the era between Luther and Bach, the author reveals the variety and tension in German Lutheran theology. Both dogmatism and devotionalism helped shape Lutheran Orthodoxy's theology of music, resulting in a balance between artistry and sprirituality. The introduction of Italian Baroque style into church music, however, evoked controversies which pitted Pietism against Orthodoxy and preachers against musicians.
Contents: The role of church music in the theology of German Lutherans from Luther through the age of confessionalism and orthodoxy to Pietism and the Enlightenment, concluding with J.S. Bach.