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The main source of music came from the church, and it was important for the liturgy. If you choose to experience a liturgy in person, you may notice that the main component is the organ. The organ usually accompanied the singers during the holidays. The fascinating part about these liturgies was that instead of the traditional hymns sung by a choir, they had chants that the monks performed. Carolingian chants imitated the Christian church in the Roman Empire, which was not an easy task because they did not understand the form. To compensate, they had to write their music, which is why they were different from other chants. This music will fill your ears with delight and provide you with a show like never before.

Watch the video below to get an idea of typical Carolingian music.


Video Source:
Petrus Josephus, “Te Lucis Ante Terminum- Catholic Hymns, Gregorian Chant,” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fg0QANICcKE (Accessed November 21, 2017).