Cover for HICKS: Mormonism and Music: A History. Click for larger image

Mormonism and Music

A History
Awards and Recognition:

Winner of the Award in Criticism from the Association for Mormon Letters, 1989.

A history of the Mormon faith and people as they use the art of music to define and re-define their religious identity

Music has flourished in the Mormon church since its beginning. In this book-–now available in paperback--Michael Hicks examines the direction that music's growth has taken since 1830. He looks closely at topics including the denomination's first official hymnals; the views of Joseph Smith and Brigham Young on singing; the Mormon Tabernacle Choir; and the changing attitudes of church officialdom and laity toward popular and non-western music styles.

"Hicks's [book] is a model of scholarly research, and is broad in perspective and application. By placing Mormon music in the context of its social and ecclesiastical history, Hicks provides a new and penetrating view of American diversity and its interaction with European tradition."--American Music

"Anyone familiar with the politics of church or synagogue life, and with the passions and factionalisms that beset the use of music in communal worship, will feel entirely at home in this painstakingly researched, elegant history."--Western Historical Quarterly

"Michael Hicks knows the subject thoroughly, is conversant with all the relevant background, and uses evidence responsibly. . . . He locates his subject in all its various contexts: Mormon history, American religious practices, the development of hymnody, and the history of popular music. He writes with both audacity and lucidity. . . . All in all, this is a delightful contribution to interdisciplinary American studies."Pacific Historical Review

"[It] makes a valuable contribution to the study of American music. This well-documented and well-written volume can serve as a model for other histories of American church music."--Notes: Quarterly Journal of the Music Library Association

Michael Hicks is professor of music at Brigham Young University. He is the author of Sixties Rock: Garage, Psychedelic, and Other Satisfactions, Henry Cowell, Bohemian, and many articles on music. He is also a composer.

To order online:
http://www.press.uillinois.edu/books/catalog/52kee6zk9780252071478.html

To order by phone:
(800) 621-2736 (USA/Canada)
(773) 702-7000 (International)

Related Titles

previous book next book
The Mormon Tabernacle Choir

A Biography

Michael Hicks

Christian Wolff

Michael Hicks and Christian Asplund

Preacher

Billy Sunday and Big-Time American Evangelism

Roger A. Bruns

The Pew and the Picket Line

Christianity and the American Working Class

Edited by Christopher D. Cantwell, Heath W. Carter, and Janine Giordano Drake

Unsecular Media

Making News of Religion in America

Mark Silk

Free Spirits

Spiritualism, Republicanism, and Radicalism in the Civil War Era

Mark A. Lause

Baring Witness

36 Mormon Women Talk Candidly about Love, Sex, and Marriage

Edited by Holly Welker

Women, Work, and Worship in Lincoln's Country

The Dumville Family Letters

Edited by Anne M. Heinz and John P. Heinz

The Bop Apocalypse

The Religious Visions of Kerouac, Ginsberg, and Burroughs

John Lardas