The Milken Archive has been creating some wonderful online exhibits of Jewish music from across a range of time periods and in a range of genres. One that was particularly interesting to me was focused on concertos with biblical themes. Another recent exhibit featured the work of female composers, another female performers, and another suites. Even when I’m not able to teach my course on the Bible and music, I remain very interested in this topic, personally as well as professionally.
Fred Clark discussed Adam and Eve musicals (among other things).
There is a call for papers about Esther and its reception that includes music.
Of related interest (including discussion of the tradition of black spirituals):
Also related to biblical music is a post about a recent concert featuring choir and organ music much of which connects with the Bible in some way, another about a CD of choral music by Lincoln Choir, and another about sacred music by a British composer whose music I love, E. J. Moeran. And from the Religious Studies Project:
The role of Jews in preserving Persian music is at best indirectly connected to the theme of this post – but probably interesting to most who find this post interesting, even if only tangentially related!
And there was also an “Academic Minute” on music and efforts for social justice:
Let me also share a link to a hymn with lyrics focused on biblical social justice themes, courtesy of Sojourners. And Randall Rauser’s post about a hymn by Isaac Watts, the original lyrics of which we thankfully do not sing nowadays, but which need to be known because otherwise we might miss how much racism and colonialism are woven throughout our heritage, at a deeper level than slight word changes can eliminate.
Bob Cornwall had two blog posts about Walter Bruggeman’s book A Glad Obedience about what we sing as an expression of our faith. Bob MacDonald blogged about music and textual criticism.
Alas, I won’t be teaching my course on the Bible and music either this or next academic year. But I remain interested and will continue to be on the lookout for interesting articles, pieces of music, and the like.
From the Religious Studies Project:
And finally, here’s a link to a video about ancient Greek music coming to life again, including both music and commentary on the reconstruction.