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Church Song
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[German Version]

I. History – II. Music – III. Tensions

This term (corresponding to the German concept of Kirchenlied) is used to include hymns, sung psalms, and other related types of song in church use. The church song is a piece in metrical, usually multi-strophe form, sung by a worshiping (Worship) community. This definition needs to be expanded in some cases: first, to include situations outside of worship (e.g. school, family, free assemblies) and individual use in private devotio…

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Marti, Andreas, “Church Song”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 26 June 2022 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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