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History of the Papacy Podcast

with Steve Guerra

Episode 70 The Church in the Dark Ages Pt 8 Early Church Music

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Description: Today we talk with Søren Skovbakke, a graduate student in music who is also concentrating in Christian Church history. Søren introduces us to one of the most fascinating topics in early Church history, the development of Church music, chant, psalmody and hymnography. We will learn about basic building blocks, which will lead us to examine many more topics in the development of Church music.
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Featured Guest:
Søren Skovbakke

Suggested links from Søren:
Hurrian Hymn – 3500 years old transcribed from cuneiform notation

Delfic hymn to Apollo from 130BC

Gaelic psalm singin for Back Free Church in Scotland

One of the oldest liturgical chant still in use: The Nicene Creed set to music

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"Greta Sting" Kevin MacLeod (
“Procession of the King” Kevin MacLeod (
"Danse Macabre" Kevin MacLeod (
"Virtutes Instrumenti" Kevin MacLeod (
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March 04, 2018
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Steve Guerra is the host of the History of the Papacy Podcast, which began in 2013. In 2017, Steve began Beyond the Big Screen, a podcast which delves into the fascinating stories behind films through lively interviews.
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