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THE NATIONAL MUSIC OF AMERICA
AND ITS SOURCES.
Introductory — The Seeds of Puritan Music — Synopsis of the Evolution of Congregational Singing — Luther and Calvin —The Music of the Roundheads.
It is a fallacy to suppose that congregational music (which for a time was the chief music of America) began with Martin Luther. It is true that Luther used it in a degree, and with a power, beyond all of his predecessors in theology, but the inception of congregational music must be credited to the earliest epoch of the Christian Church. Not only was