This course is a survey of the rich body of sacred music that is unique to the Americas. Areas of exploration will include 16th-century music in New Spain (Mexico); the Calvinist psalms of the Puritans; William Billings and the colonial tunesmiths; the rise of Sacred Harp and other shaped-note music (with practice in singing from shapes); African-American spirituals and work songs; the rise of blues and gospel, both black and white; the sacred jazz of Ellington and Coltrane; 19th, 20th and 21st-century American classical composers; modern trends incorporating electronics and nature sounds. Through listening, discussion and writing, students will gain an appreciation for six centuries of contributions to the canon of sacred music on this side of the Atlantic.
Enrollment Limited: Limited to 10 students. Instructor's permission required.
Open to BTI Students: Yes
Andover Hall Chapel
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