Reforming Music Theory: Godís Voice and Balaamís Ass

Ken Stephenson


Music theory lags far behind other fields in the recent renaissance of Christian scholarship. Ken Stephenson offers five proposals for developing distinctly Christian work in this field: (1) analysis of works by Christian composers, (2) analysis of the ethics of musical actions, (3) revival of the field of speculative music theory, (4) emphasis on ways in which music, as part of an integrated creation, reveals Godís glory, and (5) analysis of music by Christians and non-Christians alike as pointing to God. The fifth proposal includes foundational thoughts on intention and meaning and provides a summary of a sample analysis. Mr. Stephenson is Associate Professor of Music at the University of Oklahoma.


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