The relationship between the "Great Awakening" and the transition from psalmody to hymnody in the New England colonies

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dc.contributor.advisor Mackey, Elizabeth Jocelyn, 1927- en_US Weiss, Joanne Grayeski en_US
dc.coverage.spatial n-us--- en_US 2011-06-03T19:32:19Z 2011-06-03T19:32:19Z 1988 en_US 1988
dc.identifier LD2489.Z62 1988 .W44 en_US
dc.description.abstract This study examines the relationship between the first major religious revival in the New England colonies and the change from psalmody to hymnody in the mid-eighteenth century through an approach which integrates the two fields of theology and church music. The termination date is 1770, and the focus is Protestant congregational song in the three groups most influenced by Puritan thought: the Congregationalists, the Presbyterians, and the Baptists.While much has been written separately about the change in eighteenth-century sacred song and the Great Awakening itself, there has been little research that attempts to place the psalmody/hymnody issue within the larger context of the changing theological milieu. This study first examines the theological and ecclesiastical structures which provided the context for Reformed worship, and then explores how fundamental changes in those structures and thought systems impacted congregational song. In order to comprehend the major changes which occurred in the mid-eighteenth century in colonial America, chapters on the Reformed Church and the beginning and spread of psalmody, the New England colonies to 1700, and the beginning of English hymnody are included.Conclusions1. The primary conclusion of this study is that the Great Awakening is the single most important factor in the change from psalmody to hymnody in the New England colonies. It is not a peripheral factor as indicated in much of the research. Rather, it provides both the rationale and the means for the transition in church song. The Great Awakening represented a basic theological change from a theocentric to an anthropocentric viewpoint that subsequently required alterations in sacred song. The revival movement, through its evangelistic spirit, also provided the vehicle by which this change in psalmody was effected.2. The agitation of the 1720s as evidenced in the tracts and treatises did not affect the transition directly. However, it is indicative of the increasing discontent with traditional Calvinist theology.3. The Psalms and Hymns of Isaac Watts were not a primary reason for the change, but met the needs of the new anthropocentric theology of the Great Awakening that required a new language of praise. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship School of Music
dc.format.extent 3, iii, 208 leaves ; 28 cm. en_US
dc.source Virtual Press en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Church music -- New England -- 18th century. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Church music -- Protestant churches -- New England. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Great Awakening. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Revival hymns. en_US
dc.title The relationship between the "Great Awakening" and the transition from psalmody to hymnody in the New England colonies en_US Thesis (D.A.) en_US
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