The History Of Voice And Voice Methods
The Christian Era
Paul, writing to the Ephesians, 5:19 – “Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord.”
Epistle of James, 5:13 – “Is any among you afflicted? Let him pray. Is any merry? Let him sing psalms.”
St. Matthew, 26:30 – “And when they had sung a hymn, they went out into the mount of Olives.”
It is plain from this that the music of the early Christian church was Hebrew, but as the churches were Greek, the Greek music and the Hebrew music amalgamated and were thus accepted in the church at Rome, which became the central Christian church.
The great and sincere spirituality of the early Christians, those simple, self-sacrificing and pious persons who gladly laid down their lives for an ideal, introduced a new power, the greatest of all powers, “humility.” Their music must have been of great simplicity, but deep, tender feeling. Nothing is left to us of their melodies, which must have been mostly sad. Only when they sang of the “Bride of Christ,” some joyful and jubilant strains may be brightened the usually somber hymns.
Among the illustrations you will find a record of the oldest styles of writing music. Compare it with the modern style and you will realize the vast advance humanity has made.