The importance of musical practice to the rituals of believing communities is a formative expression of spirituality for faithful people. The course includes introduction to musical genres from different liturgical traditions and historical periods. Through review of historical documents, musical scores, liturgies, and historic recordings students are introduced to liturgical practice across faith traditions. Beyond historical practice, the sung liturgies that are associated with different believing communities vary from context to context. In addition to studying the liturgical repertoire, students travel to the Cloisters Museum, visit the Fort Tryon Jewish Eruv, and the Islamic Wing at the Metropolitan Museum to explore the different boundaries and peripheries of sacred space and to analyze the different spaces where each tradition engages the prayer practices and liturgies of their community. How do sacred spaces, sung or unsung practices, inform or shape faithful identity and concepts of the holy? Students review current research and develop liturgies for their own communities in contemporary contexts.
Note: Identical to PT 235.
- Professor: Jane Huber