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date: 04 December 2020

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This chapter offers an ethnographic and historical analysis of the many church-musical overlaps and exchanges between Orthodox and non-Orthodox Estonians. It traces several tunes through a broad variety of Estonian denominational hymnals and post-Soviet performance settings, showing a substantial historical overlap that happens in Estonian church musical practice across Lutheran, Orthodox, and other Protestant groups. This overlap creates musical commonalites in practice, “ecumenicities,” that speak to the “secular” backdrop of Estonian Christianity. In this chapter, “secularity” suggests a public culture and model of citizenship long constituted with relation to multiple Christianities (or multiple religions). That modern secularity is also a backdrop for the ethnomusicological study of world Christianities, Orthodox and otherwise.

Keywords: Christianity, Estonia, post-Soviet, Orthodox, Lutheran, Protestant, ecumenical, hymnody, hymnal, media

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