The Christiansen Tradition in Sacred Choral Music

Anton Armstrong

Article Type: Article

Publication Date: 7/1/1992

Issue: Music in the Church (Vol. 12, No 3, Summer, 1992)

The United States has witnessed a rebirth of choral singing during the twentieth century, and F. Melius Christiansen must be recognized as one of the pioneers in this revitalization. F. Melius Christiansen together with his sons Olaf C. and Paul J. Christiansen were major influences in the development of the a cappella choral tradition in the United States; they were the dominant forces in the midwest. F. Melius Christiansen established a new standard of choral performance with his programming of a cappella sacred choral literature in the early part of this century.

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