Music In The Byzantine Tradition

Source: The Complete Library of Christian Worship, Robert E. Webber, General Editor

Music for worship in the Byzantine Orthodox tradition is thought to be a direct descendent of the music used in the synagogues during the life of Jesus. The Orthodox have a very high, almost sacramental, view of music, believing that it is a "window to heaven. " Music is intrinsic to the liturgy of the church, for it is frequently used to express the liturgical text.

Historical Development

While some scholars would speculate that the music of the ancient church was a survival of the old...


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