Yale Journal of Music & Religion

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List of Papers (Total 61)

Singing God's Words: The Performance of Biblical Chant in Contemporary Judaism

A book review is presented for Jeffrey Summit, Singing God's Words: The Performance of Biblical Chant in Contemporary Judaism (New York: Oxford University Press, 2016).

The Function of Hymns in the Liturgical Life of Malcolm Quin's Positivist Church, 1878–1905

The publication of Auguste Comte’s positive philosophy in the 1830s and 1840s took the world by storm and has come to be regarded as one of the principal turning points in nineteenth-century intellectual culture. A particularly large number of disciples and imitators of Comte’s philosophy sprang up all over Europe, especially in the United Kingdom. They established churches and...

Thirteen Ways to “Hail, Mary”: A Case Study of the 2013 Forum for the Inculturation of Liturgical Music in Nigeria

Every two years since 1997, the Forum for the Inculturation of Liturgical Music (FILM) has given a platform for many of Nigeria’s cultures to contribute to the future direction of the Roman Catholic liturgy in Nigeria. This case study focuses on the 2013 Biennial Choral Competition, specifically 13 settings of the Ave Maria text in seven of Nigeria’s hundreds of languages. Prior...

Review: Syriac Chant and the Limits of Modality

A book review is presented for Sense and Sadness: Syriac Chant in Aleppo, by Tala Jarjour. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2018. 250 pp. ISBN: 978-0-190-63525-1.

Review: Congregational Music-Making and Community in a Mediated Age

A book review is presented for Congregational Music-Making and Community in a Mediated Age, edited by Anna E. Nekola and Tom Wagner. Congregational Music Studies Series. London: Routledge, 2017. xiv + 263 pp. ISBN 978-1-4724-5919-0 (hardcover first published 2015 by Ashgate), ISBN 978-1-138-56901-0 (paperback).

Review: Congregational Conflict and Community

A book review is presented for Congregational Conflict and Community, by Jonathan Dueck. Congregational Music Studies Series. Abingdon, Oxon., and New York, NY: Routledge, 2017. 198 pp. ISBN: 978-1-472-47226-7.

Review: Deutscher Kirchengesang in der Neuzeit: Eine Gesangsbuchanthologie

A book review is presented for Deutscher Kirchengesang in der Neuzeit: Eine Gesangsbuchanthologie, ed. by Gustav Adolf Krieg. Berlin: Verlag der Weltreligionen im Insel Verlag, 2013. 984 pp. ISBN: 978-3-458-70040-1.

Examining Buddhism in Unitarian Universalist Hymnals, 1894-2015

Religious pluralism is a central value of contemporary Unitarian Universalism. This is enshrined in the current hymnal, Singing the Living Tradition, which among its many sources includes several selections from Buddhist material. This article considers the use of Buddhist material in Unitarian hymnals from the late 19th century to the present day. A slow growth in the amount and...

Physicality and Devotion in Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber’s Rosary Sonatas

The Rosary Sonatas of Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber (1644–1704) for solo violin were likely composed in the late 1670s, and were dedicated to the composer’s patron, the Archbishop of Salzburg Maximilian Gandolph von Kuenburg. The sonatas in this remarkable set of fifteen are preceded by copperplate engravings, each depicting one of the mysteries of the rosary. The pieces display...

James MacMillan's Mass of Blessed John Henry Newman and the Culture of Liturgical Music-Making in the Scottish Catholic Church

James MacMillan composed his Mass of Blessed John Henry Newman as a congregational setting for the visit of Pope Benedict XVI to the United Kingdom in 2010. The work was heralded as the first setting of the new English Missal translation, and MacMillan expressed hope that it would make a longer-term contribution to music-making in the Roman Catholic Anglosphere. However, in...

The Material of the Servant: Theology and Hermeneutics in Handel’s Samson

George Frideric Handel’s Samson oratorio (HWV 57, 1743) has posed critical difficulty for scholars because of its libretto. The librettist, Newburgh Hamilton, is often accused of making a poor adaption of John Milton’s Samson Agonistes (1671). One of the main points of criticism centers on how Hamilton removed much of Samson’s deliberation from the source text. In this article...

Mediating Gospel Singing: Audiovisual Recording and the Transformation of Voice among the Christian Lisu in Post-2000 Nujiang, China

The contemporary gospel singing of the Nujiang Lisu in China’s southwestern Yunnan province seems to have been predominated by new media technologies and recorded popular mutgguat ssat music. The prevalence of Christian audiovisual recordings reflects more than a shift in the materiality of Lisu religious practices. Moreover, it speaks to the transformative ways that the...

Sonic Liminalities of Faith in Sundanese Vocal Music

As the Sundanese have come to lean on increasingly outward expressions of their Islamic faith – through the use of the Islamic headscarf and other fashion choices, as well as through musical means – it has been the women who have consistently provided the most obvious, outward expressions of West Java’s increasingly public Islamic cultural practices. The aristocratic sung poetry...

Sounding the Congregational Voice

Congregational singing is a participatory vocal practice undertaken by Christians across a wide range of denominations, yet the specific qualities and active capacities of the congregational voice have yet to be investigated. Drawing on recent musicological and philosophical perspectives on voice, I theorize the congregational voice as an active practice, illuminating its...

Paralinguistic Ramification of Language Performance in Islamic Ritual

Across time and space, Islamic ritual practices maintain certain fixed features while adapting to local environments, thereby developing a branching or ramified structure—though political, economic, ideological, or technological factors may cause certain local forms to globalize as well. Such ramification offers a means of interpreting the past as well as a window into religious...

"Acting in": The Effect of Performance on Relations between Christians and Hindus in Odisha, India

This paper examines ”acting in” as a tactic through which marginalized Christians from predominantly Hindu villages leverage an ideological and cultural space for practicing and sharing a Christian piety in modern Odisha, India – a region that has experienced significant anti-Christian violence in the past two decades. This research examines the cultural and political work...