Audio Archive

Mercer-Taylor, Peter

Peter Mercer-Taylor lives in St. Paul, Minnesota, with his wife, Beth, and their three children. The Mercer-Taylor house is strewn with musical instruments, various combinations of which get regular use from all five of them (the most recent addition is a drum kit made of Tupperware, C-clamps, and duct tape). Peter’s own musical commitments, expressed both in his teaching and his scholarship, are divided between 19th-century European classical music, rock-era popular song, and hymnody. After six delightful years of teaching in Valparaiso University’s honors college—where his preponderantly Lutheran colleagues graciously made room for a high-church Episcopalian—Peter joined the musicology faculty at the University of Minnesota, where he has taught since 2001.

Recordings

Hymn Music as Text Setting

Presenter: Mercer-Taylor, Peter / 2005

Which Tune? Which Text?

Presenter: Mercer-Taylor, Peter / 2005

Musical Structure and the Meaning of Hymns

Presenter: Mercer-Taylor, Peter / 2005

Hymns and Classical Music

Presenter: Mercer-Taylor, Peter / 2005

Hymns Within Hymns

Presenter: Mercer-Taylor, Peter / 2005

Making Christian Sense of Contemporary Popular Music – Part 1: "We Walk in the Sun": The Principles of Redemption in 'Seventies Arena' Rock

Presenter: Mercer-Taylor, Peter / 2005

Making Christian Sense of Contemporary Popular Music – Part 2: "Above the Scarlet Tide": Faith & Doubt in Songs of Loss

Presenter: Mercer-Taylor, Peter / 2005

Making Christian Sense of Contemporary Popular Music – Part 3: "A Slob Like Us": God as Novelty Song Subject

Presenter: Mercer-Taylor, Peter / 2005

Making Christian Sense of Contemporary Popular Music – Part 4: "In A Locust Wind": Evaluating Pop's Biblical and Christian Imagery

Presenter: Mercer-Taylor, Peter / 2005

Making Christian Sense of Contemporary Popular Music – Part 5: "I Sing in the Reaches": When Non-religious Songs do the Work of God

Presenter: Mercer-Taylor, Peter / 2005

“We’ll Walk in the Sun”: The Notion of Redemption in Seventies Arena Rock

Presenter: Mercer-Taylor, Peter / 2009

“A Slob Like One of Us”: God as Novelty Song Subject

Presenter: Mercer-Taylor, Peter / 2009

“How Long Must We Sing This Song?”: Faith, Pop Music, and the Unjust Death

Presenter: Mercer-Taylor, Peter / 2009

“Give Faith a Fighting Chance”: Encountering Country Music’s Spirituality

Presenter: Mercer-Taylor, Peter / 2009

“Keep Achieving Wonders”: Pop Music and the Recovery of Hope

Presenter: Mercer-Taylor, Peter / 2009

“The Sense of What You Sing”: Hymn Music as Text Setting

Presenter: Mercer-Taylor, Peter / 2009

Which Tune? Which Text?

Presenter: Mercer-Taylor, Peter / 2009

Musical Structure as an Agent of Meaning

Presenter: Mercer-Taylor, Peter / 2009

Hymnody as Classical Music Sampler

Presenter: Mercer-Taylor, Peter / 2009

“Then Sings My Soul”: Hymns Within Hymns

Presenter: Mercer-Taylor, Peter / 2009

Holden wishes to express appreciation to PLU, Pacific Lutheran University, for their support of the Holden Audio Archive Project.

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