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Table of Contents for Sacred Sound: Experiencing Music in World Religions , edited by Guy L. Beck Acknowledgments Introduction | Guy L. Beck Judaism and Music | Joseph A. Levine Christianity and Music | Gerald Hobbs Islam and Music | Regula Qureshi Hinduism and Music | Guy L. Beck Sikhism and Music | Pashaura Singh Buddhism and Music | Sean Williams Glossary CD Track Listing Contributors Discography Index CD Track Playlist Judaism 1. 1st Question of Passover (ex 1) | Sung by Joseph A. Levine 2. High Holiday Prayer (ex 4)) | Sung by Joseph A. Levine 3. Shema (ex 5)) | Sung by Joseph A. Levine 4. Torah (ex 6)) | Sung by Joseph A. Levine 5. Passover Haggadah (ex 7)) | Sung by Joseph A. Levine 6. Night Prayer (ex 8)) | Sung by Joseph A. Levine 7. Priestly Blessing (ex 9)) | Sung by Joseph A. Levine Christianity 8. Kyrie, Sanctus, Agnus Dei (ex 1)) | Sung by Richard L. Crocker 9. A Mighty Fortress (ex 2) 10. Salve Regina (ex 3)) | Sung by Richard Crocker 11. Iall Praise My Maker (ex 4)) | Sung by Gerald Hobbs 12. Holy Holy Holy (ex 5) 13. All Things Bright and Beautiful (ex 6)) | Sung by Gerald Hobbs 14. Amazing Grace (ex 7) Islam 15. Call to Prayer: AdhAGBPn (ex 1) 16. QuraAGBPn: Al-FAGBPtiha (ex 2)) | Recited by Hafiz Kani Karaca 17. Ai Nasim e-ku-e (ex 3)) | Sung by Regula Qureshi 18. AllAGBPh AllAGBPh AllAGBPhu (ex 4)) | Sung by Regula Qureshi 19. Mujrayi Shah (ex 5)) | Sung by Regula Qureshi 20. Ai wa-e-nahr-e alquaman (ex 6)) | Sung by Regula Qureshi Hinduism 21. GAGBPyatri Mantra (ex 1)) | Chanted by Guy L. Beck 22. Rig Veda: Purusha Suktam (ex 2)) | Chanted by Sri Hariswamy and Vedaparayanar 23. Bhagavad GitAGBP 18.65-66 (ex 3)) | Chanted by Guy L. Beck 24. Dhrupad: Dekho Sakhi VrindAGBPbana (ex 4)) | Sung by Pandit Bidur Mallik and Family 25. PadAGBPvali Kirtan: Sri Nanda Nandana (ex 5)) | Sung by Guy L. Beck 26. Bhajan of Sur DAGBPs: Aba Meri RAGBPkho LAGBPja Hari (ex 6)) | Sung by Guy L. Beck 27. Raghupati RAGBPghava (ex 8) | Sung by Sonu Nigam Sikhism 28. Japji Prayer (ex 1)) | Chanted by Ragi Bhai Tirlochan Singh Ji 29. Shabad of Guru Arjan: Har Kirtan Sune (ex 2)) | Sung by Bhai Nirmal Singh Ji 30. Shabad of Kabir Har KAGBP BilovanAGBP (ex 3)) | Sung by Bhai Harjinder Singh Ji 31. Kaisi Arati Hoye (ex 4)) | Sung by Bhai Harbans Singh Ji 32. So Dar (ex 5)) | Sung by Pashaura Singh 33. Anand (ex 6)) | Sung by Pashaura Singh Buddhism Drum Invocation Invocation: Mangalacharanam, Three Gems: Trisaraam (ex 1)) | Chanted by TheravAGBPda monks Five Precepts: PaA+/-chasila (ex 2)) | Chanted by TheravAGBPda monks Four Noble Truths: Dhamma Chakka Sutta (ex 3) Tibet Mantra: Om Mani Padme Hum (ex 5)) | Chanted by Tibetan monks of the Drepung Monastery Tibet Contour Chant (ex 6)) | Chanted by Tibetan monks of the Drepung Monastery Japanese Heart Sutra: Hannya-Shingyo (ex 7)) | Chanted by women of the JA dA sect in Kyoto, Japan Contributorsa Bios Guy L. Beck has spent over six years in India studying and researching Indian music and religion, receiving support from both Fulbright and aiis (American Institute of Indian Studies) research grants for his work. He holds an MA in musicology and a PhD in religion from Syracuse University, as well as degrees in Indian music from institutions in India. His book Sonic Theology: Hinduism and Sacred Sound (1993) won wide acclaim from scholars for its presentation of the theoretical dimensions of sacred sound and music in Hinduism. He also has published numerous articles on various aspects of Indian religion and music, as well as releasing a CD, Sacred Raga (1999), which demonstrates his performative expertise in Indian vocal music. As a result, he has received invitations from many universities, including Indiana and Princeton, to give lectures and demonstrations. In 2001, he was invited to be a Visiting Fellow by the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies at Oxford University (UK), where he taught courses in Hinduism and music, and received additional support from the Infinity Foundation for research on the contributions of Indic traditions to world music. He has taught courses in religious studies and music at Tulane University, in New Orleans, and is currently teaching at the University of North Carolina-Wilmington. Gerald Hobbs is vice-principal of the Vancouver School of Theology. He holds a BA (Hon.) from the University of Toronto, a BD from Emmanuel College in Toronto, and a Docteur As Sciences Religieuses degree from the FacultA (c) de ThA (c)ologie Protestante in Strasbourg. His doctoral work focused on Martin Buceras German and Latin commentaries on the Psalms, which he is editing and annotating for a critical edition of Buceras work. Dr. Hobbs has also published extensively in Reformation studies, the history of biblical interpretation (particularly on the Psalms), and the music of the Christian church. Before going to the Vancouver School of Theology, he taught at Huntington College in Sudbury and at the UniversitA (c) de GenAve. He served as part-time chaplain with the Canadian Forces in Germany and Italy, and has also taught in Strasbourg, Paris, and Glasgow as a visiting professor. Joseph A. Levine studied fine arts at the Cooper Union, and earned a BA in religious education at Yeshiva University and a PhD in sacred music at the Jewish Theological Seminary, where he taught modal chant. He lectures extensively on the aesthetic dimension of synagogue practice, and his text, Synagogue Song in America (1989), has been recognized as the most important study of Jewish music in the past fifty years. His articles have appeared in The Encyclopedia of Jewish American History and Culture , Gratz College Centennial , Journal of Synagogue Music , Maryland Jewish Historical Society Journal , Midstream , Musica Judaica , and the National Jewish Post . He has also written monographs on the life and times of cantors David Kusevitsky, Josef Rosenblatt, and Abba Yosef Weisgal. An active cantor himself for thirty-five years, he is currently a faculty member at the Academy for Jewish Religion in New York. He serves on the editorial board of the Cantors Assembly, as well as on the Rabbinical Assembly Committee preparing a new High Holiday prayer book for the Conservative movement. His recently published Rise and Be Seated: The Ups and Downs of Jewish Worship (2000) deals with the ongoing creative process involved in the way Jews have approached God in prayer since biblical times. Regula Qureshi is director of the Centre for Ethnomusicology at the University of Alberta. Her research focuses on music as a social and discursive process. Aspecialist in South Asian, Islamic, and Canadian musical practices, she is the author of Sufi Music of India and Pakistan: Sound, Context, and Meaning in Qawwali (1986), coeditor of Voices of Women: Essays in Honour of Violet Archer (1995), and a contributor to Ethnomusicology , Asian Music , the Journal of Musicology , and the Journal of the American Musicological Society . A cellist and sAErangi player, her current book projects are Hindustani Musicians Speak and SAErangi: Art Music and Political Economy in North India . Pashaura Singh is a professor in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of California, Riverside, where he teaches courses in Sikhism and religion. His dissertation topic (University of Toronto) was The Text and Meaning of the AEdi Granth , and his more recent research has focused on the life and teaching of Guru Arjan. He is the author of Guru Granth SAEhib: Canon, Meaning and Authority (2001) and The Bhagats of the Guru Granth SAEhib: Sikh Sel-Definition and the Bhagat BAEni (2003). He also performs Sikh Kirtan and specializes in GurbAEni Shabad hymns. Sean Williams has a BA in music from the University of California at Berkeley, and an MA and PhD in ethnomusicology from the University of Washington. Her subject areas include ethnomusicology, Indonesian language and literature, Celtic languages and literature, and Southeast Asian studies. She is currently a faculty member at the Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington. Her recent book, The Sound of the Ancestral Ship: Highland Music of West Java (2001) follows her work as co-editor of Southeast Asia ( Garland Encyclopedia of World Music, Vol. 4 , 1998). A recognized authority on Buddhist chant, she gives many lectures and demonstrations.

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Guy L. Beck spent over six years in India researching Indian religions and music. Holding degrees in both religious studies and musicology, he currently teaches at Tulane University, New Orleans, and was recently a visiting fellow at Oxford University. A scholar and musician, he is the author of Sonic Theology: Hinduism and Sacred Sound (1993) as well as numerous articles on Indian religions and music and has also released two CDs of Indian vocal music.


"Guy L. Beck's scholarly and innovative book explores religion through music. It elevates and emphasizes the critical role of musical activity in religious life. Rather than discussing music as an aesthetic supplement to religion, Beck's book takes the approach that music is not incidental in religious practice but is a sacred treasure central to the growth and sustenance of world religions.Sacred Sound promises to be a milestone in the growing cross-disciplinary study of religion and music." -- Greg Hansen -- BYU Studies (Brigham Young University), 47:1, 201005
"A welcome addition to the fields of religious studies and music.... Highly recommended." -- L. Smith -- CHOICE, 200704

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