Jane Dawson interviewed for BBC Radio 3's "Choir and Organ"

  • Jane Dawson

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Interview in relation to Genevan and Anglo-Genevan Psalters of the sixteenth century and commenting upon the musical tracks including from the Wode Collection CD and the recordings of Singing the Reformation 2016.

Period30 Apr 2017

Media contributions


Media contributions

  • TitleChoir and Organ
    Media name/outletBBC Radio 3
    Media typeRadio
    Duration/Length/Size1 hour
    CountryUnited Kingdom
    DescriptionBreaking Free - Martin Luther's Revolution: The Genevan Psalter

    Sara Mohr-Pietsch journeys into the reforming world of John Calvin. As part of BBC Radio 3's 'Breaking Free - Martin Luther's Revolution' season, The Choir focuses on the Genevan Psalter and its impact upon choral worship including the development of the Anglo-Psalter. With experts Professor Jane Dawson and Dr Timothy Duguid joining Sara, they look at how Calvin wanted all the congregation to be involved in worshiping God through music, and how the Genevan melodies became so popular they had a life of their own outside the walls of the church. Composers such as Vaughan Williams, Liszt, Schumann, Kodaly and JS Bach have all adapted melodies from the Genevan Psalter, creating new choral and instrumental works. Some of the Genevan psalm melodies even ended up in the Sultan's seraglio, courtesy of the composer Ali Ufki.
    PersonsJane Dawson


  • Psalms
  • singing
  • Reformation
  • Geneva
  • Genevan Psalter
  • Martin Luther