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The Illingworth Moor Singers' Book: a snapshot of Methodist music in the early ninteenth century

Clarke, Martin (2010). The Illingworth Moor Singers' Book: a snapshot of Methodist music in the early ninteenth century. Nineteenth-Century Music Review, 7(1) pp. 81–103.

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Abstract

Congregational song occupies a central place in the history of Methodism and offers an insight into the theological, doctrinal, cultural and educational principles and practices of the movement. The repertoire, performance styles and musical preferences in evidence across Methodism at different points in its history reflect the historical influences that shaped it, the frequent tensions that emerged between local practices and the movement’s hierarchy and the disputes that led to a proliferation of breakaway groups during the nineteenth century. The focus of this article will be the implicit tension between the evidence of local practice contained within the Illingworth Moor Singers’ Book, which forms part of the archives at Mount Zion Methodist Church and Heritage Centre, near Halifax, UK, and the repertoire and performance practice advocated by John Wesley in the latter part of the eighteenth century. While the study of a single, locally produced collection cannot be regarded as representative of wider practices, it is nonetheless useful in highlighting the need for a more nuanced approach to the history of Methodist music, which takes account of local circumstances and practices.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2010 Cambridge University Press
ISSN: 2044-8414
Keywords: church music; religious music; sacred music
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Arts and Humanities > Music
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Arts and Humanities
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
Item ID: 40835
Depositing User: Martin Clarke
Date Deposited: 12 Sep 2014 09:21
Last Modified: 06 Aug 2019 09:33
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/40835
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