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Music in the Orthodox Church

Issuing directly from the first Christian ecumenical councils, the Orthodox Church, in accordance with its many geographical entities, falls within the lineage of Christ’s apostles. However, its musical tradition can be traced only as far back as Byzantium, while what defines it today (mostly, music for choir) is of an even more recent date. From its various liturgies, one of the best-known settings (St. John Chrysostom) being forever associated with the early years of harmonia mundi, intensely arresting musical works have emerged, expressing the strength of this faith, such as the most recent compositions of Arvo Pärt.

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