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The Nightingale of Wittenberg [electronic resource]

Congregational music during worship owes its origin to Martin Luther, who used it to proclaim his bedrock message of the Protestant Reformation: God's grace as the sole ingredient for salvation. This elegant program explains how Luther changed the mode of public worship by integrating music into the divine service so that all Christians-not just the clergy-could express and celebrate their belief. It also highlights Luther's biography, from his time as a professor of Theology in 1512 at Wittenberg University to his "love for the truth and.desire to elucidate it" expressed in his 95 Theses five years later. Excommunicated and under the ban of the Emperor, Luther's love of music in Protestant worship never waned.
2006; 2004

For a Thousand Tongues to Sing! [electronic resource]: Life and Hymns of Charles Wesley

Between 1738 and 1788, Charles Wesley wrote more than 9,000 hymns and sacred poems, work which earned him the title "The Sweet Bard of Methodism." This program recounts Wesley's life and life's work, with special attention to his better-known songs, such as "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing." Scholars of music and theology speak about Wesley's childhood, education, and missionary work; explore the roots of his passion for hymn-writing; and demonstrate how Wesley's impressive body of work consistently embraced astute references to Scripture, poetic language, and personal experience.
2010; 2007

Ave Maria [electronic resource]

This program looks at one of the most celebrated women in the last 2,000 years. She is both a mother and a virgin; internationally famous, she is the center of pilgrimages, the most painted woman in history, and the focus of bitter debates in religious circles. Yet, the Virgin Mary is also a shadowy figure about whom we know almost nothing. This unique program explores the phenomenon of the Virgin Mary, her history, and the effect her influence has had on women and religious practices throughout the world.

The Song of Roland [electronic resource]

Compiled in the 11th century, The Song of Roland is perhaps the world's most famous portrait of early European chivalry, piousness, and militarism. This beautifully produced program offers an abridged English version of the battlefield epic, combining richly textured medieval and Renaissance art images with scholarly summaries and interpretations of the work's major sections. Acknowledging the poem's historical inaccuracies, the video nevertheless underscores its importance for later European listeners: specifically, as a rallying cry mobilizing Christian forces to embark on the Crusades. An Old French recital of the song's first six lines begins the program.