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"And can it be": analysing the words, music and contexts of an iconic Methodist hymn

Clarke, Martin (2016). "And can it be": analysing the words, music and contexts of an iconic Methodist hymn. Yale Journal of Music and Religion, 2(1), article no. 2.

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Abstract

This paper interrogates the iconic status of Charles Wesley's hymn "And can it be" within British Methodism. It examines words, music and context, arguing that it is the combination of these that is crucial to understanding the hymn's status, and that such an approach may be more widely useful in hymnology. Through examination of the literary characteristics of the text, the musical settings associated with it throughout its history, and the ways in which it has been used within British Methodism, it reflects upon the hymn's peculiar place in the spiritual life of the denomination, and how this reflects upon Methodism's attitude to its heritage of hymnody.

Item Type: Journal Item
ISSN: 2377-231X
Keywords: Music; Methodist; Hymnology; Religion; Theology; Wesley
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: 44679
Depositing User: Martin Clarke
Date Deposited: 09 Dec 2015 12:07
Last Modified: 06 Aug 2019 13:07
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/44679
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