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Hymn (church anthem)
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1. Definition and function

A hymn, or church anthem, is a strophic text of religious character set to music and primarily intended to be sung as part of a church service (Worship). The hymn is distinct from church music (Lat. musica sacra; “sacred music”) in general due to its songlike character, its suitability for performance by a congregation, and its preference for the vernacular. It is different from other forms of religious song in its incorpo…

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Scheitler, Irmgard, “Hymn (church anthem)”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 03 October 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_022191>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20180915

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