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Psalmody
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[German Version]

The term psalmody denotes the recital manner (cantillation) of the psalms and canticles of the Old and New Testaments (psalm tones). In its basic structure and function it resembles the reading tones and oration tones. Psalm tones follow the literary structure of the psalms and serve to make their acoustic quality clear (one verse consists of two half-verses: parallelismus membrorum). In the cantillation system of the Latin West, a psalm tone consists of three elements: recitation tone (tenor, tuba), intonation formula (initium or reintonation at the start of …

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Praßl, Franz Karl, “Psalmody”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 25 February 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_124496>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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