The literary text-types and the intentions of the German hymn in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries



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Religion and music are basic elements found in every human culture. The combination of these two elements has produced the hymn. The use of that particular form of literature during the reformation and counter reformation can be categorized under the text-types of worship, doctrine, or evangelism. This is a more appropriate method of classification than Horaz' "prodesse et delectaTe" (teaching and entertainment) characterization of literature according genre, because the hymn form can and does express more than only teaching or entertainment. A sampling of Gennan hymns from Catholic, Lutheran, and Pietistic sources from the 16th and 17th centuries are examined and divided into the three text-types according to the author's intention as determined from the text of the hymn.



Hymns, German, Music -- Religious aspects