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Orpheus, Orphism and the Orphic Mysteries

Orpheus was a legendary ancient Greek musician, singer, poet and philosopher from Thrace, said to be the ancestor of the poets Homer and Hesiod. In ancient lore, Orpheus could charm wild beasts with his melodious lyre (a musical instrument, like … Continue reading


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Polyphonic chant (and a little polyphonic trivia for the digital age)

Polyphonic chant is a type of Christian devotional singing developed in the 10th century where two or more melodies or parts are sung together in a composition. As with anything new, not everyone approved of polyphony. Some believed that melodic … Continue reading