Book Reviews -- By: Anonymous

Journal: Bibliotheca Sacra
Volume: BSAC 094:376 (Oct 1937)
Article: Book Reviews
Author: Anonymous


Book Reviews

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Church Music in History and Practice. By Winfred Douglas, Mus. Doc. Charles Scribner’s Sons, New York. 311 pp. $3.00.

“Church Music in History and Practice” is well named and the material presented is of exceptional value as a contribution to the whole bibliography of sacred music. The objective of the author is best stated by himself in the foreword:

“In preparing the work, I have had primarily in mind the need of Clergy, Seminarians, and Organists to learn the underlying principles of musical worship; too often either forgotten, or never acquired. But outside of these groups, whose relations to the subject is professional as well as personal, the book may appeal to that very large public whose growing interest in musicology is attested by the rapidly increasing titles in this department on the shelf-lists of our public and institutional libraries. Apart from highly technical publications, no branch of musicological study has suffered such neglect as that which is here attempted. The book traces the relationship between worship and music from the beginning of the Christian Church to the present time. Its object is not to give a detailed history of music as an art, but rather to trace the development of Christian liturgical worship and of Christian Hymns, with the music which expressed them at significant periods of Church history, in order to arrive at practical and intelligent conclusions regarding the present musical worship of the Church; and to bring out and illustrate the principles which should govern the composition, the choice, and the performance of liturgical Church Music today.”

This book is not only of that high order and value which enlightens and satisfies the most critical reader, but will endure as a reference book in musical literature for years to

come. The general make-up of the book is very attractive, indeed.

L. S. Chafer

As It Was-So Shall It Be. By A. C. Gaebelein, D.D. Publication Office “Our Hope,” 456 Fourth Ave., New York City. 190 pp. $1.00.

This is the fifth book bearing on the present world conditions in the light of prophecy which Dr. Gaebelein has written in very recent years. No author of our generation is better qualified to interpret the present times than Dr. Gaebelein. This last book, as the others of this series have been, is a distinct contribution to worth-while prophetic studies. The chapters suggest the trend of the discussion:

Chapter I, Creation and Redemption; Chapter II, The Testimony of C...

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