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Saturday, 12 April 2014

Church Music

Following the ravages of the Black Death many people started paying money to their priests to dedicate masses to them and their families, believing that this would ensure divine protection on Earth. The result of this was an income for the church that was spent on intricate decoration and liturgical music. Most churches had at least resident musician whose task was to produce music on a weekly basis for both the mass and the choir.

High, clear-toned male voices were favoured in Medieval European church music, resulting in a vocal quality that could help the listener hear the words that were being sung. The highest parts were sung by trebles (boy sopranos) and adult male falsettos, although by the 15th century composers had begun to explore the bass range.

Here is a list of Songs Sung at Church

Source Microsoft® Encarta® 99 Encyclopedia. © 1993-1998 Microsoft Corporation.

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