The Function of Music in Worship

The Rev George S Stewart, Edinburgh

Suggests two uses.   Discusses purpose of organ voluntaries, and the ministry of the organist, in making his offering, as drawing the whole congregation (not the musical people alone) into God’s presence.  Therefore he should not play over their heads, but at the same time should build up the congregation in their appreciation of music, even at times interpreting the music to them. Discusses current changes and warns against music of “lower appeal” while acknowledging power of music to appeal to the senses.   Quotes Archbishops’ Report on ultimate test of a hymn tune, “its faithfulness as an expression of the Christian religion”.

Volume 02 1929-30, p60
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