Let the Church Sing On!
Reflections on Black Sacred Music
Item #: G-7635
Throughout his career and especially during the past decade, Dr. James Abbington has emerged as one of the principal voices in the world of African American worship and music. He has risen to that stature both as performing musician and scholar—equally at home on the organ or piano bench, at the conductor’s podium, or on the dais in the lecture hall of a major university…he has an extraordinary ability to fully engage his listeners while communicating a deep knowledge of—and passion for—the subject matter at hand…James Abbington’s scholarship is unmistakably present in his writing.
—Robert J. Batastini, Past President and Fellow, The Hymn Society in the United States and Canada
Retired Senior Editor, GIA Publications, Inc.
From the Foreword
Under Executive Editor James Abbington (Candler School of Theology, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia), GIA’s African American Church Music Series has expanded to nearly 200 choral pieces—not to mention a hymnal supplement, two collections for organ, exceptional recordings, and other publications—representing the best African American composers of today and yesterday. And the series shows no signs of slowing down!
The knowledge and expertise that informs the African American Church Music Series is contained in the essays, introductions, forewords and other writings that Abbington has penned at the request of publishers and authors. Now, these elements come together inside the cover of one book.
This unique and informative compilation of Abbington’s writings will prove vital to pastors, musicians, students and worshipers in the African American sacred music tradition—and beyond.
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