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Martin Luther, long before he broke with the Catholic Church, believed that music was a form of prayer, through which the people spoke to God and God spoke back. History states that he didn't actively encourage his congregation to sing along until after his publishing of the 95 Theses and his excommunication, but some sources say he encouraged it at ...


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Well, the thing to remember is that the harpsichord and organ have no touch sensitivity like piano, and the piano wasn't invented yet. So any kind of keyboard music was written to be played all at the same volume, and composers made the sound fuller or emptier by managing the voicing. If you play a Bach fugue on a piano, you can add dynamics but it won't ...


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I believe in those centuries (16th and 17th), going to church was a very important day each week in most European communities. With that in mind, I believe in both cases, the congregation was as involved as they could be. However, Lutheran hymns are written in the local language, which had been done in order to more greatly involve the congregation. ...


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Certainly. It would be pointless to even call something "Variationen" that would not be intended to be listened to as a whole. It is a phenomenon of our modern times that attentions spans have diminuished so much that whole "solo concerts" or "classic samplers" are created by ripping out central movements from larger works and mashing them up with ...



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