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Discipline/Department Music, Moores School of
University/Publisher University of Houston
Abstract In the closing decades of the twentieth century, America experienced a surge of hymn writing and composition sometimes referred to as a “hymn explosion.” Responding to the radical revolutions in society and religion, hymn writers initiated changes in language, subject matter, and even poetic form to create a new body of congregational song for the modern twentieth-century church. Hymn composers, seeking contemporary musical means to express the hymn texts, applied recent composition techniques to congregational song. This essay summarizes the musical style of late twentieth-century American hymns based on the analysis of over eighty-five tunes composed after 1970. The results reveal an increased flexibility in modal usage; the inclusion of rhythmic devices such as mixed meter and syncopation; experimentation with strophic form; an expanded role of accompaniments; and, most noticeably, a widened harmonic palette replete with color chords, modern modulations, and untraditional voice-leading.
Subjects/Keywords American hymn explosion; twentieth century; hymn; hymn composer; hymn style; musical style; composed after 1970
Contributors Smith, Rob (advisor); Maroney, Marcus K. (committee member); Durrani, Aaminah (committee member); Sposato, Jeffrey S. (committee member)
Language en
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Country of Publication us
Record ID handle:10657/1253
Repository houston
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Date Indexed 2018-10-10
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