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Church singing at the sight of an Orthodox person

Today, the Orthodox Church assigns a serious role to church singing. Our worship and church choir singing are directly connected. With his help, the Word of God is preached, which forms a special liturgical language (in conjunction with temple tunes). Church singing is usually divided into two types: unison (single voice) and polyphonic. The latter implies the division of votes by party, and the first is the performance by all choristers of one melody. In Russian churches, as a rule, they sing by parts.


In the eighth century, eight singing and melodic systems (osmoglasm) are united, which comprehensively influence the intellectual and emotional perception of a believer who turns to God with prayer. By the fourteenth century, this system had acquired such a large scale that it can be compared only with the iconography of the same period and with the depth of prayerful asceticism. Theology, church singing, the icon and the prayer feat are the components of a single whole.

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The time of the flourishing of church singing in the 17th century coincided with the beginning of its ousting from secular art. The system of church osmoglasia was replaced by short tunes on a religious theme. Orthodox religious ascetics believe that church singing without osmoglaziya impossible.

The Oath of Church Singing

But the Orthodox Church has a sufficient number of musical publications and manuscripts. She has at his disposal the usage of church singing, which includes the whole range of liturgical singing. It combines the main chants of the Kiev, Greek and banners. There are several ways of performing stichera, in particular, simple and festive. All musical church manuscripts are a document of the Church Tradition, which is considered in the Orthodox circles the very first word in disputed matters.

The development of church singing

According to the documents of church tradition, it is easy to see how church singing developed. Any art has its beginning and flowering. Many religious Orthodox figures today believe that the style of modern icon painting and church singing is just a profanation of liturgical art. In their opinion, this Western style does not correspond (either in formal or in the spiritual sense) to the Church Tradition.

Singing groups

Collectives who are engaged in church singing, can be of three kinds. The first kind is professional singers, but not church ones. The second - has a composition of people of the church, but at best they have a relative hearing and voice. The rarest kind of musical collective is a professional church choir. The collective of the first type prefers to perform complex works, but the ecclesiastical nature of this music is such a chorister, as a rule, it is indifferent, unlike those people who come to the temple for prayer.

Some priests prefer the second kind of choir, but often along with the musical unprofessionalism of such choristers depresses also its primitive repertoire.

However, it is encouraging that the collectives of the third kind are increasingly turning to performing works composed by synodal authors, and then even to monastic tunes.

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