Martin Luther, congregational singing, Reformation
Martin Luther played an influential role in the transition from the priest-dominated Catholic worship to congregationally accessible evangelical services. This study demonstrates that, though his musical reforms were not dramatic, they were intentional and effective. Luther’s understanding of music theologically, theoretically, and practically enabled him to effectively utilize available musical resources to make music increasingly accessible, for the purpose of teaching the Word of God. Through Luther’s hymns, people began proclaiming the Word of God musically. Through liturgical reform, Luther provided congregations with a framework through which to incorporate congregational song in the liturgy. Through music education, Luther increased musical literacy, enabling congregations to effectively participate musically in services.
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Knight, Jonathan T.
"Conservative Radical: Martin Luther’s Influence on Congregational Singing,"
Musical Offerings: Vol. 1
, Article 1.
Available at: https://digitalcommons.cedarville.edu/musicalofferings/vol1/iss2/1
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