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Religions 2013, 4(4), 485-501; doi:10.3390/rel4040485
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A Perfect Chord: Trinity in Music, Music in the Trinity

Facoltà Teologica dell'Emilia Romagna, Bologna, Corso Monte Cucco, Turin 125, I-10141, Italy
Received: 9 September 2013 / Revised: 24 September 2013 / Accepted: 1 October 2013 / Published: 9 October 2013
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Music and Spirituality)
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Abstract

The doctrine of God’s Triunity is at the core of Christian faith; this article presents a theological survey of how it has been understood in a musical way during the Christian era. The role of music as a participation in the liturgy of mutual love eternally experienced in the Trinity is first analyzed, with references to the Church Fathers and to modern/contemporary theologians. Later, the three main forms of congregational singing are taken into account (i.e., monody, polyphony and harmony), pointing out how each has been seen in turn as a symbol of the Trinity’s love.
Keywords: Trinity; liturgy; monody; polyphony; harmony; history of music Trinity; liturgy; monody; polyphony; harmony; history of music
This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY 3.0).
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