“Come, all you people”: Lutheran Influences on the Spread of Global Hymnody

Clarke, Martin V. (2019). “Come, all you people”: Lutheran Influences on the Spread of Global Hymnody. In: Schildt, Maria; Lundberg, Mattias and Lundblad, Jonas eds. Celebrating Lutheran Music: Scholarly Perspectives at the Quincentenary. Studia musicologica Upsaliensia. Uppsala: Acta Universitatis Upsaliensis, pp. 337–350.

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The increased use of global hymnody is among the many ways in which the diversification of congregational music in numerous Christian traditions has burgeoned in recent decades. This paper adopts the definition of global hymnody given by Michael Hawn in the Canterbury Dictionary of Hymnology: “Christian songs originating beyond Euro-North American cultural contexts.”1 In that article, Hawn acknowledges that this term, like others associated with the same repertoire, is problematic. While global hymnody consciously attempts to avoid the judgmental pitfalls of ethnocentrism, Hawn’s definition shows that it is nonetheless a term with some geographical and geopolitical boundaries, contrary to the literal meaning of global. These boundaries emphasise that it is a Western construction for the description of hymnody from other cultures. The geographical boundaries also create implicit temporal boundaries.

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