Wittenberger Geystliche Gesangk Buchleyn
- ("Little Spiritual Songbook of Wittenberg," Wittenberg, 1524)The first systematic collection of 38 chorales for public worship, arranged by Johann Walther for four and five voices in mostly homorhythmic but occasionally contrapuntal texture, with an introduction by Martin Luther. The collection includes 32 texts set to 35 chorale melodies that are given to the tenor voice traditional for German partsongs of the time, and was intended for use in schools and public worship.See also Rhaw, Georg.
Historical dictionary of sacred music. Joseph P. Swain. 2006.
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Hymn — A devotional song. The term, of obscure Greek origin, refers to repertories in every major religion that have the following characteristics: • Texts are sacred but non scriptural strophic poetry. • The melodies, through elements of… … Historical dictionary of sacred music
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