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Hymnology 1



What is the function of the Dutch sacred song? Can we map its development? In which way have poets and composers contributed to the development? Outside of religious circles this subject has never received a lot of attention. Via this module students will learn to understand a musical genre which was of great importance in the past, both within the church and outside. Students will delve into the form en contents of song books, are introduced to polyphonic church music (both Roman Catholic and as Protestant) as well as to its application in the practice of the Mass and the Office. We will examine the period from the beginnings of Christianity up to 1700.


First semester. Classes are taught at the Royal Conservatoire room M306 (Juliana van Stolberglaan 1, Den Haag), Friday from 15.40 till 17.30 First lecture: 14 September 2012..

Mode of instruction

Lecture tutorial

Mode of assessment

Attendance obligatory
Oral exam


  • Jan Luth et al. (red.), Het kerklied, een geschiedenis. Zoetermeer: Mozaïek, 2001.

  • Readers are distributed in class


NB: this course is NOT listed in Usis. Students are obliged to register for this course through the application form that can be downloaded via this link.

Application form


Tim Soekkha
Theo Goedhart