Re: [CalontirDance] Reilgious music and dance
- I agree with both Conna and Seonaid that Christian religious music rarely
follows formed or coreographed dancing (in some cases dancing is a banned
thing all together, but in most it's just not done to the religious stuff).
This case is not as true for other religions, *think Hora* but in the
Christinaity of Rennaisance Europe I'm thinking that dancing, especially
social dancing, would not have been done to music about the blessed virgin.
A note on lyrical retread of christian songs:
There is evidence among the music of the Lutheran Reformation in Germany
that folk songs, plainchants and basically the popular tunes of the day were
re-worded with religious text to appeal to the masses. Much like the
Victorian Ding Dong Merrily becoming a christmas tune, All Green Hills and
Valleys became All Things That God Graces, and Beautiful Countryside became
Beautiful Savior, many religious songs are indeed Filks. I suppress laughter
just thinking of the theme "Lets Filk for Jesus!" So my rambling point is
that if there is music that we do a dance to that happens to be a familiar
hymn, look closely at the complosition, arrangement, and lyric dates - the
text is probably much newer than the tune. Also if the text is as old as the
music be suspicious that it is appropriate for the social hall - rather than
for the sanctuary.
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