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Music and Musical Instruments
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I. Religious Studies – II. History

I. Religious Studies

In the history of civilization, music has played a role in many spheres. It accompanies work, provides entertainment, facilitates dancing (Dance), features in religious ceremonies and other forms of religious expression, and can be used for therapeutic purposes. Music for its own sake as an art form is a secondary development. Speech and song are not always clearly separate but depend on the language involved; production of words at various pitches and vocal…

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Sullivan, Lawrence, Kammerer, Stefan, Hübner, Ulrich, Bohlman, Philip V., Reinert, Benedikt, Trummer, Johann, Klöckner, Stefan and Reymaier, Erich Konstantin, “Music and Musical Instruments”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 15 August 2022 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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