posted on Dec, 25 2010 @ 07:07 AM
reply to post by tauristercus
I'm far from a musicologist . . . however, per my understanding . . .
1. Many hymns were written by people under oppression as TRUTHS they could cling to as hope in the midst of despair.
2. Some such were black spirituals set to African melodies which were also associated with despair in their origins.
2.1 AMAZING GRACE is beautiful, uplifting, joyous. Yet, some might think of it as somber in tone.
3. There evolved an ethos [incorrect, imho] that RELIGION was SERIOUS business. Gaiety and light-heartedness were seen as worldly, frivolous. Often
even joyous, uplifting words were set to very seriously toned melodies.
4. The 'Charismatic Movement' of the 1970's as well as other hymns from Pentecostalism altered that significantly and there are a lot of
contemporary Christian musical numbers/hymns, choruses--which are joyous, uplifting, light-filled. MAJESTY by founding Pastor Jack Hayford of CHURCH
ON THE WAY, in Van Nuys, comes to mind. There are many dozens of others. Even some of the old Pentecostal hymns were joyous, uplifting.
5. The Hallelujah Chorus, as old as it is, is not somber.