MAN instinctively senses the value of music in his efforts to glorify God, and he has made it a part of his worship since Creation. In the words of one writer, "Church music is the peculiar means given by God to His children to return unto Him their praise and adoration in a way that has been one of the unique characteristics of the worshiping community from the first times when people gathered together to worship God. Who, for instance, has not experienced the deep emotions that are evoked by the beautiful religious music of Christmas? The good news of the life, death, resurrection, and promised return of our Lord finds its most lofty expression in the glorious music and thankful hymns of our church.
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A Chicago pastor who is also a hip-hop artist and seminary teacher will give the Everett C. Branden received his B. Olaf Choir. In addition to performing, Branden is also a frequent clinician and workshop leader specializing in hymn improvisation, congregational singing and contemporary music in worship.
Although music has no doubt been an important part of life for many cultures since antiquity, it was in the hands of the Western Christian Church that music underwent important developments that were to send it on a series of courses leading ultimately to classical forms and then on to influence today's myriad musical styles. An example of early religious music is unaccompanied plainsong, which under its alternative name of Gregorian Chant has made something of a comeback in recent times. While very different in sound from music as we know it today, it obeys early rules of form which were later to develop into important musical concepts. A number of significant factors contributed to the church's being the natural incubator nurturing music in this way.