Martin Luther’s relationship to music has been largely downplayed, yet music played a vital role in Luther’s life
and he in turn had a deep and lasting effect on Christian hymnody. In Luther’s Liturgical Music Robin Leaver comprehensively explores these connections. Replete with tables, figures, and musical examples, this volume is the most extensive study on Luther and music ever published. Leaver’s work makes a formidable contribution to Reformation studies, but worship leaders, musicians, and others will also find it an invaluable, very readable resource.
Robin A. Leaver is professor of sacred music at Westminster Choir College of Rider University and visiting professor at the Juilliard School, New York City. An internationally recognized expert in Luther, Schütz, and Bach studies, he has been president of the American Bach Society (2000–2004), has contributed numerous essays to liturgy and theology journals worldwide, and has authored articles for such reference works as The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musiciansand The Harvard Dictionary of Music.