Did you hear the one about Martin Luther remixing Bar Music for the Church?

Totally false… Martin Luther actually advocated for holiness and creativity in music, and wrote music to wean people away from the popular love ballads of his day.

Link here:

http://steadfastlutherans.org/?p=12198

Quote here:

*The musical notation was simply a repeat sign, known in Luther’s day as a “bar”. Yes, believe it or not, some wacky American Lutherans saw Luther’s reference to “barred music” in German and changed the repeat sign into a pub! Why did Luther write positively about “bar(red) music”? Because it describes the musical form A A B. He thought that the repetition of the music of the first phrase would help in learning, and then the B phrase would give the balance of variety. Hence, many chorales are written in this way. The reason “bars” were used for notating this form was used to save ink & paper. Today we simply call these “repeat signs”.

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