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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: iUniverse (February 20, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0595172598
  • ISBN-13: 978-0595172597
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,613,712 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

A graduate of the Peabody Conservatory, composer/conductor Mark Hijleh is associate professor of music at Houghton College in New York and founder and president of the Christian Fellowship of Art Music Composers (www.cfamc.org). His professional biography appears in the 2000 edition of the International Who's Who in Music (Classical edition).

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Kenneth Fredd on November 29, 2004
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As a church musician and educator, I was excited to have come across this text and intrigued by the title. After reading it, however, I was somewhat disappointed. I was hoping for some new insight that might move beyond some of the arguments that have already been stated by church musicians like Johanssen and Routley, who, in an attempt to offer a theology of church music, essentially end up offering a defense of western art music.

Part of the problem I have with Hijleh's book, is that he presupposes the ancient Greek doctrine of ethos to argue that musical forms have moral connotations. Commenting on Plato's Republic, he writes, "The implication here is that music is essential to the formation of good character, and that music and words go together in producing this powerful effect." But where is the scriptural, or theological, support for such a notion? He doesn't offer any, and instead proceeds to base his dichotomy of "art music" versus "popular music" on a Greek (not Christian) notion, where listening to the "wrong" kind of music produces the wrong kind of character or person.

Hijleh also uses such broad and sweeping generalizations that it is difficult to concede to his arguments regarding the nature of popular music. To imply, for instance, that all of popular music is artistically shallow and motivated by financial profit seems disingenuous and naïve, and makes me question his knowledge of such a complex system of artistic expression. Handel, he calls a "devout Christian" - talk about a financial opportunist!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By David Horace Davies on June 2, 2004
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I have read through this book twice and have found it to be thought-provoking and well written. Hijleh accurately portrays the state of modern art music within the Christian community and presents a unique approach for better interaction between art music composers and the Christian church. His arguements are well thought-out and passionately presented. At times it may seem that he is overly idealistic in regards to what can or should be accomplished... but so little has been published on this subject and there is so much work to be done for those who labor in this field that a little bit of idealism may be just the thing. This book is highly reccomended for students of sacred music, Church musicians, pastors, and composers.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 17, 2001
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This fresh theological examination of music composition and participation combines a thoroughly Biblical worldview with careful attention to the postmodernity of our time. The musical freedoms and responsibilities of both Christian composers and the Christian community as a whole are considered, with an eye toward encouraging the Church to formulate a leading theology of art music now and for the future. The author asserts that such a theology must be rooted firmly in the concept of Jesus Christ as Lord of all creation and creativity.
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