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Psalmody
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I. Definition

Psalmody (Greek ψαλμῳδία/psalmōidía; Latin psalmodia) is the singing of psalms; in medieval Latin, it is a technical term for a particular psalm tone (a recitation formula). In music, psalmody is used more generally as a collective term for all musical genres whose texts are largely taken from the Psalter (Psalms). Its significance is even greater if one considers that the psalms are seen as the most important model in the development of liturgical poetry.

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Zimmermann, Bernhard (Freiburg), Zimmermann, Heidy (Basle) and Haas, Max (Basle), “Psalmody”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 06 August 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e1012080>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510



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