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Title: “Lift Up a Living Nation”: Community and Nation, Socialism and Religion in The English Hymnal, 1906
Authors: Palmer Heathman, Katie Barbara
First Published: 25-Feb-2017
Publisher: Taylor & Francis (Routledge) for Social History Society (SHS)
Citation: Cultural and Social History, 2017, 14 (2), pp. 183-200
Abstract: The lead editors of The English Hymnal (1906), Percy Dearmer and Ralph Vaughan Williams, found Victorian hymnody in need of serious revision, and not just aesthetically. This musical book was intended as an expression of the editors' Christian socialist politics involving in the participation of the congregation. This article examines how they achieved this by the encouragement of active citizenship through communal music-making, using folksong tunes alongside texts which affirmed community. This article argues that the editors wedded religion and high-quality music with a focus on citizenship drawn from British Idealism; using a cultural movement to seek social change.
DOI Link: 10.1080/14780038.2017.1290995
ISSN: 1478-0038
eISSN: 1478-0046
Version: Publisher Version
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Rights: Copyright © 2017 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License ( licenses/by/4.0/), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
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