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010047 SE Antiphon and Pedal Tone - Church Music in East and West (2015S)

5.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 1 - Katholische Theologie
Continuous assessment of course work


Note: The time of your registration within the registration period has no effect on the allocation of places (no first come, first served).


Language: German


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

  • Tuesday 10.03. 16:45 - 18:15 Seminarraum 2 (Kath) Schenkenstraße EG
  • Friday 15.05. 11:30 - 20:00 Seminarraum 2 (Kath) Schenkenstraße EG
  • Saturday 16.05. 09:45 - 18:15 Seminarraum 5 (Kath) Schenkenstraße 1.OG


Aims, contents and method of the course

On the one hand, SC 116 states that "[t]he Church acknowledges Gregorian chant as specially suited to the Roman liturgy", while, on the other hand, church music has yielded a great treasure of liturgical compositions. In addition, "the Church" has an independent, diverse, and rich musical heritage in its Eastern traditions.
The seminar sets out to make students aware of the history of church music in an ecumenical perspective, from its beginnings in the age of the New Testament up to the present day in order to develop practical criteria for reflection on current developments in church music in diverse liturgical traditions.
Two focal points serve as central themes for the seminar: to become acquainted with the history of church music and to answer the question of what are today "the qualities proper to genuine sacred music" (SC 121).

Assessment and permitted materials

Oral presentation (50%) and term paper (50%)

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

The seminar leaders invite the students: (1) to explore the impressive history of church music [Liturgical History] from its beginnings to the present day; (2) to get to know several church traditions [Ecumenism]; and (3) to acquire assistance and learn categories in order to evaluate current developments in church music [Systematic Liturgy and Practice].

Examination topics

Discussions with each another and with invited experts, presentations, field trips, audio and video examples, potential practice exercises.

Reading list

* Die Musik in Geschichte und Gegenwart: allgemeine Enzyklopädie der Musik [= MGG],29 Bd., hg. v. Ludwig FINSCHER, Kassel - New York 2. Aufl. 1994-2008. [Online-Zugriff]
* Nicole SCHWINDT, Musikwissenschaftliches Arbeiten : Hilfsmittel, Techniken, Aufgaben, Kassel 72010.
* Johann VON GARDNER, Gesang der russisch-orthodoxen Kirche, 2 Bd., Wiesbaden 1983-1987.
* Egon WELLESZ, Die Musik der byzantinischen Kirche, Köln 1959.
* Heinrich HUSMANN, Hymnus und Troparion. Studien zur Geschichte der musikalischen Gattungen von Horologion und Tropologion, in: Jahrbuch des Staatlichen Instituts für Musikforschung Preußischer Kulturbesitz 1971, hgg. v. Dagmar DROYSEN, Berlin 1972, 7-86.
* Eckhard JASCHINSKI, Musica sacra oder Musik im Gottesdienst? : Die Entstehung der Aussagen über die Kirchenmusik in der Liturgiekonstitution "Sacrosanctum concilium" (1963) und bis zur Instruktion "Musicam sacram" (1967), Regensburg 1990.
* Predrag BUKOVEC, Musik bei Nicolaus Cusanus, in: Michael ECKERT - Harald SCHWAETZER (Hgg.), Cusanus. Ästhetik und Theologie (Texte und Studien zur europäischen Geistesgeschichte; B,5), Münster 2013, 83-101.

Association in the course directory

für 011 (08W, 11W) D31 oder DAM, 033 195 und 033 193 (11W) sowie neues Lehramt 055 BAM, 066 793 MAM, 066 795 M5, Fächerkontingentseminar 2 oder (freies) Wahlfach f. 011 (02W) und 020

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