Winter 1953 • Vol. XV No. 1 Book Reviews |

Sacred vs. Secular Music

Church Music: Illusion and Reality by Archibald T. Davison. Harvard University Press. $3.25 For many years A. T. Davison has been admired by students, musicians and music lovers as a performer, author, editor, educator and authority on church music. His latest book exposes the deplorable state of church music in this country at a time when many intellectuals are turning to an appraisal of religion in contemporary life, and it is therefore of interest to more than a specifically musical audience. In accepting Davison's invitation to disagree with him, as extended in the preface of his book, I shall be guided by a profound respect for his life work and a concern for the musical practices in the Church. On the surface, the book is highly provocative and entertaining, and there is much one is prone to accept as emphatic statements of fact. A closer reading reveals, however, that its most convincing passages are those of subjective criticism, tinged with sarcasm and invective. As an obje

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