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Orthodox Music
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Orthodox Music

The Spirit of Orthodoxy Choir sings Orthodox liturgical music in a professional and prayerful manner. Ourthodox music glorifies God, expresses the Orthodox faith and the songs are capella, without instrumentation. This is typical of the Orthodox Church. The human voice and soul are invaluable in worship

The church choir is a finely tuned (pardon the pun) precision machine, at least it should be. Choirs provide the best possible ecclesiastical musical experience to all its parishioners. Many Church choirs invites all parishioners to participate and sing during the service and be part of the spiritual experience of divine love and rejoicing unto the Lord. A Choir hope to instill to the parishioners a feeling of personal fulfillment and renewed spirit at every service.

Monastery Choirs are a great place for novelest (beginer) to start in the church service. One of the best sounds that you will ever hear is in an old stone Orthodox Church of a man's monastery. Their sounds lifting upward to the heavens will stay in your ears for a life time.

Music Orthodox Style

It is difficult to find good or logical explanations for a passion, but the Russian people truly have a passion for their choir music. The roots of choral singing in Russia go back to the ancient tradition of the sacristan singers of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. The origin of choirs combining service in churches with public performances became possible only when attention was paid to choirs not only as members of the clergy taking part in divine worship, but also as an instrument capable of giving voice to authorial compositions. One of the first choral works belongs to Ivan the Terrible (1530-1584), who was a great admirer of church singing and the founder of one of the first choirs, the State Sacristan Singers.

Byzantine Chant

The "Byzantine Chant, the monophonic (i.e., single line of melody) liturgical chant of the Greek Orthodox Church during the Byzantine Empire (330-1453) down to the 16th century; in modern Greece the term refers to ecclesiastical music of any period." That, is the entry for Byzantine Chant in the Encyclopaedia Britannica. (Micropaedia Volume II, 15th Edition, pg. 417.)

Needless to say, musical settings ought not to be seen as ends in themselves. They ought not to call attention to themselves or have special effects. The aim of melody is to add a special dimension to the text -- to make it more audible and available for reflection. In this way, too, music shares in the passionlessness that in Orthodox spirituality is seen as a avenue to purity of mind and body.

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