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I. Sources in Antiquity – II. Early Church – III. Eastern Churches – IV. Western Churches – V. Present – VI. Legal Issues – VII. Church Music Training

I. Sources in Antiquity

There is one lone musical reference (Gen 4:21) in the earliest OT strata, suggesting a minor role for music in Israel before c. 1200 bce. With the migration into Canaan, Israelite music-making flourished as e…

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Foley, Edward, Totzke, Irenäus, Ruff, Anthony William, Körndle, Franz, Westermeyer, Paul, Opp, Walter, Finke, Christian, Roser, Markus and Schuberth, Dietrich, “Church Music”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 09 March 2021 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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