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Church Music

Music affects us immediately and directly. “Nothing on earth is so well-suited to make the sad merry, the merry sad, to give courage to the despairing, as music” is how Martin Luther described its power. He had a close association with music throughout his life. It enriched his personal life and he saw it as a “singing proclamation”. So, in this way, Luther laid the foundations for the richness and wide influence of Protestant church music in later centuries, for the work of, for example, Paul Gerhardt, Johann Sebastian Bach, Heinrich Schütz, Georg Philipp Telemann or Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy.