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Christian Music

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Juan Cristobal

on 2 June 2011

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Christian Music Origin Modern Day Music Contemporary Music in the Church Thank You! Christian music can be traced back all the way to when the bible was written. It inspired many people to write some of their own and is currently one of the biggest genres of music up to date. Music in the Old Testament was very popular at that time as it began in the beginning of the Jewish society. The entire moral of Christian music at the time was to promote the salvation of the Jews and it is said that the first writters of Christian music are from the same bloodline as one of the greatest heroes of Israels's history, King David. Christian Music used to be the base of all mythology, history, and philosophy that people would believe in. As the Old Testament culture changed over a 2,000 year timeline, Hebrew culture also changed drastically. Song writters would show and express many different beliefs and traditions through their music. Other examples would include the Israelites singing songs as God would lead them into the promise land. Most of these songs could be read off of the book of Numbers. Connection between Jewish and early Christian worship are well documented and new links are still being discovered. The traditions of the synagogues continued to be absorbed into christian worship for some time. Below are some examples of songs in celebration of the faith: After early christians began to build the first christian temple, they began to use religious hyms and music in their rituals. The bible describes the opening ceremonies and the part that music played in them in some detail. The bible also describes the fact that most of the time, christians would use different kinds of instruments to make music. The variety of instruments, with percussion and dance, was evidently a potent mixture; the traditions of many oriental cultures suggest that they would have utilized the simplest and most direct music. One example of a song the Israelis would sing would go like: "Sing out for the well that was sunk by the princes and dug by the leaders of the people with the sceptre, with their staves." This song refers to a particular situation but probably became a time-honoured ritual at a tribe's approach to a watering-place. Singing has been, and still is accompanied by instruments in the folk-music of the Near East. THe Hebrew names for two families of stringed instruments mentioned in the books of Chronicles and Kings make the connection: kle shir, which is translated into "lyre," means "the tools of the singing "and Isharim, translated into "harp," means "for the singers." Here, I will show some more examples of early music found in the bible: Ancient Christian Hymn Old song in the bible. This song is found in Lamentations 1:1-2 For years, music in the church has been producing more and more amount of Christian music, producing more each day. This is how recent industries and music incorporations have kept christian music alive in the church By Juan Carlos Cristobal While the Roman Church was enjoying the glories of highly sophisticated polychoral music and emotionally charged "new music" of oratorio, the Lutheran Church was benefitting from its own group of brilliantly inventive composers. From the beginning of the seventeenth century, the number of outstanding composer of christian hymns grew as family of churches grew throughout the nation. Composers such as Melchior Vulpius, Michael Praetorius and Johann Cruger appear in present day hymn-books. The beginning of the sixteenth century produced impressive collections of music such as the Eton Choirbook which illustrate a peak of sumptuousness for Roman liturgy. The circumstances that created these Magnificats (canticle used in Christian liturgy or the text being the hymn of the Virgin Mary) and Marian antiphons may have completely lost touch with the simple and direct world of the New Testament, but as works of art they are breathtaking. Here is an example of a page from a choirbook from the chapel of Eton College. It was also soon after that that the Roman Catholic Church began to use the organ as a part of their religious singing. The organ was, for a long time, not used to accompany congretional singing, but had its own voice, of equal status to and independent of the singers. Places such as Italy have recorded the ways that monks would use organs for their religious practices around the 1500's. While many different catholic churches had many brilliant organists and composers, it was also able to draw on the talents of well-trained singers and instrumentalists. They were employed by the town council and the imperial power of the area to provide music for worship, for political ceremonies, for conferences, for weddings and funerals. Towns and cities would employ a cantor (whose duties included the organizing and teaching of music at local schools), a town organist and a number of singers and players. In Hamburg in 1642 new regulations stated that the cantor had, as part of his duties to provide good, suitable music on feast days as well as for every Sunday, for all the town churches. Church music in the Jewish religioin also varied. It had to do with how traditions were set at the synagogue. The earliest music of the synagogue was based on the same system as that used in the Temple in Jerusalem. According to the Mishnah, the regular Temple orchestra consisted of twelve instruments, and the choir of twelve male singers. A number of additional instruments were known to the ancient Hebrews, though they were not included in the regular orchestra of the Temple: the uggav (small flute), the abbuv (a reed flute or oboe-like instrument). After the destruction of the Temple and the subsequent diaspora of the Jewish people, music was initially banned. Later, these restrictions would relax. It was with the piyyutim (liturgical poems) that Jewish music began to crystallize into definite form. The cantor sang the piyyutim to melodies selected by their writer or by himself, thus introducing fixed melodies into synagogal music. The music may have preserved a few phrases in the reading of Scripture which recalled songs from the Temple itself; but generally it echoed the tones which the Jew of each age and country heard around him, not merely in the actual borrowing of tunes, but more in the tonality on which the local music was based. Sources Contemporary Christian music is a genre of modern popular music which is lyrically focused on matters concerned with the Christian faith. It is known all across the world and is listened to everyday. Today, the term is typically used to refer to the Nashville, Tennessee-based pop, rock, and worship Christian music industry, represented by artists such as Avalon, BarlowGirl, Jeremy Camp, Casting Crowns, Steven Curtis Chapman, David Crowder Band, Amy Grant, Natalie Grant, Jars of Clay, MercyMe, Newsboys, Michael W. Smith, Rebecca St. James, Third Day, TobyMac, and a host of others. However, not all modern music which lyrically identifies with Christianity is part of the Nashville Contemporary Christian Music industry. Alternative genres such as punk, hardcore, and holy hip-hop groups deal explicitly with issues of faith but are normally not considered part of Contempory Christian Music. Other artists such as Bob Dylan, Elvis Presley, Kanye West, The Fray, Lifehouse, U2, have all been known to have some christian- themed songs but are not known to be in the category of Contemporary Christian Music. Here is an example of contemporary chirstian music As the amount grows immensely each year, more and more people get introduced to christian music. It has become very popular and has continued to spread its word to many people. Today, many people might have misinterpreted the fact that not all christian music is bad. Most of has involved genres that correspond to todays culture . Some genres such as Rock and Alternative. Most of the music in the Christian Society today still talks about the word of God, and all the song writer wants to do is advertise it and spread it so that other people hear it aswell. Here is an example of music heard constalty during todays society. Christian Music has been around for many thousands of years. Its purpose will always be kept and I doubt it's songwriting will ever end. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Contemporary_Christian_music http://markbyron.typepad.com/main/2002/01/i_got_to_look_a.html http://www.christiansongwriters.org/
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