Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Practical Theology

First Advisor

James Brauer

Scripture References in this Resource

Matthew 26:1-27:66; 1 Peter 2:9; Revelation 1:6; Revelation 5:10; Revelation 20:6


The intent of this paper is to show how the practical aspects of church music in the Reformation Era and in succeeding generations proclaimed the Word of God. During these early years of Lutheran music development, the music demonstrates how it was being shaped and formed by Lutheran thought. The music of Johann Walter is a prime example. As a composer who served the Reformation, he had a profound influence on the generations that followed. To understand the context of his music, we first look at the history of this era as well as the style of music being composed outside of Lutheran circles. We will then look briefly at the common worship practices of congregations during this era.

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