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'A vertical connection to God': the euphoria of Gaelic psalm singing
by Jude Rogers
The Guardian Translate This Article
27 August 2020
On 27 August 2020 The Guardian reported:
The Gaelic language may be in steep decline, but a collaboration between Golden Globe and Grammy-winning Scottish composer Craig Armstrong and traditional Hebridean singers hopes to keep a centuries-old style alive. On the north-western edges of Britain, in a handful of churches, one of the world's most unusual song forms can be heard.
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The art of Gaelic psalm singing, once practised in Free Presbyterian churches across Scotland, is now largely confined to the Outer Hebridean island of Lewis and Harris.
... Gaelic psalm singing also has parallels with other musical styles globally. The varying of a melody line by different instruments -- known as free heterophony -- is present in Coptic choral music and Persian art music. Then there are its similarities to gospel.
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